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Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Owensboro fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Owensboro peaked in June 2009 at 10.2% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Owensboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Kentucky 4.1% -0.1 -0.2
Owensboro 3.4% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 3,915 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Owensboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Owensboro, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Owensboro 1,928 -100 -249

Number of Unemployed Persons

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 4.1% 3.4% 1,928
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.6% 2,028
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.7% 2,038
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 3.8% 2,142
October
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.3% 2,395
September
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.0% 2,266
August
2018
3.8% 4.4% 4.1% 2,292
July
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.3% 2,446
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 4.2% 2,380
May
2018
3.8% 4.4% 4.0% 2,235
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.0% 2,255

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.