Out of 389 metropolitan areas tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it's the only city in the nation where the unemployment rate hasn't risen over the past year.
City officials chalk that up to its biggest employers: health care providers, bourbon and tobacco producers, and makers of personal protective equipment.
But according to Mayor Watson, the city's major private employers compete in some of the few industries seeing economic gains during the pandemic and have been hiring as a result.
Owensboro's largest employer — its hospital, Owensboro Health — has been doing well financially throughout the pandemic, according to the mayor.
Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Candance Castlen Brake says the city is also centrally located between some of the nation's largest population centers, including Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Nashville and Indianapolis, which makes it an optimal distribution hub.