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Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Owensboro fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.1%. 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 15.8% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Owensboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Kentucky 4.4% 0.0 -1.2
Owensboro 4.1% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2020 at 8,684. There are now 6,502 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,046 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 136. Owensboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Owensboro, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Owensboro 2,182 -6 -382

Number of Unemployed Persons

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 4.1% 2,182
June
2021
5.9% 4.4% 4.2% 2,188
May
2021
5.8% 4.5% 4.1% 2,132
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 4.1% 2,154
March
2021
6.0% 5.0% 4.1% 2,155
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 3.9% 2,065
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 3.9% 2,046
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.2% 2,703
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.1% 2,713
October
2020
6.9% 5.5% 5.1% 2,711
September
2020
7.8% 5.5% 5.1% 2,670

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.