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Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Owensboro rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Owensboro peaked in April 2020 at 15.1% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in April 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Owensboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Kentucky 3.8% 0.0 -0.9
Owensboro 3.8% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 8,109. There are now 6,012 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,871 in April 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 226. Owensboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Owensboro, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Owensboro 2,097 +77 -272

Number of Unemployed Persons

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.8% 3.8% 2,097
August
2022
3.7% 3.8% 3.7% 2,020
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 3.6% 1,942
June
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.5% 1,907
May
2022
3.6% 3.8% 3.4% 1,885
April
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.4% 1,871
March
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.5% 1,892
February
2022
3.8% 4.2% 3.6% 1,991
January
2022
4.0% 4.4% 3.9% 2,145
December
2021
3.9% 4.6% 4.2% 2,278
November
2021
4.2% 4.6% 4.2% 2,281

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.