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Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawrence rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Lawrence peaked in September 2010 at 6.1% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lawrence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Kansas 3.5% -0.1 -0.8
Lawrence 3.1% +0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lawrence, Kansas, National

Lawrence, Kansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lawrence, Kansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lawrence peaked in October 2010 at 3,905. There are now 1,851 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,947 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 107. Lawrence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawrence, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawrence 2,054 +107 -414

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.1% 2,054
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.0% 1,947
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.2% 2,082
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.2% 2,121
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.1% 2,039
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.1% 2,074
May
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.3% 2,185
April
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.2% 2,148
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.1% 2,059
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 3.3% 2,188
January
2017
4.8% 4.1% 3.4% 2,250

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.