Department of Numbers

Kansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kansas fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kansas peaked in July 2009 at 7.3% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Kansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Kansas 4.1% -0.2 0.0

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kansas, National

Kansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kansas peaked in August 2009 at 111,341. There are now 49,957 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 60,613 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 771. Kansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas 61,384 -2,114 +387

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kansas from 1990 to January 2017

Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 4.1% 61,384
December 2016 4.7% 4.3% 63,498
November 2016 4.6% 4.3% 63,735
October 2016 4.8% 4.3% 63,818
September 2016 4.9% 4.3% 63,778
August 2016 4.9% 4.3% 63,497
July 2016 4.9% 4.2% 62,921
June 2016 4.9% 4.2% 62,114
May 2016 4.7% 4.1% 61,317
April 2016 5.0% 4.1% 60,784
March 2016 5.0% 4.1% 60,613