Unemployment is down in only one U.S. city — it’s in Kentucky

As Americans continue to file a staggering number of unemployment claims, one Kentucky city is remarkably adding jobs.

Owensboro, Ky. — situated in the western portion of the state along the Ohio River — is the only metropolitan area in the country to have decreased its year-over-year unemployment from June 2019 to June 2020.

Its unemployment rate was 4.4% in June 2019, and it’s now dipped to 4.2%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The national unemployment rate is 11.2%, which is up 3.8% from 2019, the federal bureau said.

Even Owensboro City Manager Nate Pagan is in disbelief over Owensboro’s figures.

“Last month our unemployment rate was at 10% and, truthfully, I expected our unemployment rate to be at 5-6% this month,” Pagan told The Owensboro Times. “I saw how low our current unemployment rate was last week, and I was surprised.”

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