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Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Owensboro rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Owensboro peaked in June 2009 at 10.2% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Owensboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Kentucky 4.3% +0.2 -0.1
Owensboro 3.9% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 5,831. There are now 3,616 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,043 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 172. Owensboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Owensboro, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Owensboro 2,215 +83 -70

Number of Unemployed Persons

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.4%
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.9% 2,215
June
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.8% 2,132
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.7% 2,072
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.7% 2,059
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 2,053
February
2019
3.8% 4.1% 3.6% 2,043
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.7% 2,101
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.8% 2,144
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 3.8% 2,139
October
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.8% 2,146

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.