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Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Owensboro fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.8%. 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 June 2009 at 10.2% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Owensboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Kentucky 4.1% -0.2 -1.0
Owensboro 3.8% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 3,676 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,107 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 60. Owensboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Owensboro, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Owensboro 2,167 +60 -398

Number of Unemployed Persons

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.8% 2,167
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 3.8% 2,107
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.1% 2,275
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 2,490
October
2017
4.1% 4.6% 4.6% 2,510
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 4.5% 2,501
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.1% 2,833
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.2% 2,896
June
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.9% 2,704
May
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.6% 2,551
April
2017
4.4% 5.2% 4.8% 2,683

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.