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Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Owensboro rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Owensboro peaked in June 2009 at 10.2% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Owensboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Kentucky 4.5% 0.0 -0.1
Owensboro 4.3% +0.3 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Owensboro, Kentucky, National

Owensboro, Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Owensboro peaked in June 2009 at 5,843. There are now 3,451 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,120 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 272. Owensboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Owensboro, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Owensboro 2,392 +126 +68

Number of Unemployed Persons

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.5% 4.3% 2,392
September
2018
3.7% 4.5% 4.0% 2,266
August
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.1% 2,292
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.3% 2,446
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.2% 2,380
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.0% 2,235
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.0% 2,255
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 4.0% 2,242
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.9% 2,177
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 3.8% 2,120
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 2,233

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.