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Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Owensboro fell 4.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.6%. 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 April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Owensboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Kentucky 11.0% -5.6 +6.7
Owensboro 10.6% -4.9 +6.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,614 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Owensboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Owensboro, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Owensboro 5,753 -2,614 +3,521

Number of Unemployed Persons

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 10.6% 5,753
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 4.3% 3.8% 2,137
December
2019
3.5% 4.3% 3.7% 2,087
November
2019
3.5% 4.3% 3.7% 2,100
October
2019
3.6% 4.3% 3.8% 2,119
September
2019
3.5% 4.3% 3.8% 2,144
August
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.9% 2,173
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.9% 2,203

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.