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Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Owensboro fell 1.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Owensboro peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.5 percentage points. You can also compare Owensboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Kentucky 5.6% -1.7 +1.3
Owensboro 5.3% -1.2 +1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 April 2020 at 8,367. There are now 5,498 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,026 in July 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 843. Owensboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Owensboro, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Owensboro 2,869 -585 +769

Number of Unemployed Persons

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.3% 2,869
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 6.5% 3,454
September
2020
7.8% 5.6% 5.1% 2,627
August
2020
8.4% 7.5% 6.7% 3,659
July
2020
10.2% 4.5% 3.9% 2,026
June
2020
11.1% 4.4% 3.8% 2,030
May
2020
13.3% 10.9% 10.6% 5,724
April
2020
14.8% 16.6% 15.5% 8,367
March
2020
4.4% 5.2% 4.8% 2,616
February
2020
3.5% 4.2% 3.8% 2,152
January
2020
3.5% 4.3% 3.8% 2,137

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.