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Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Manhattan rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Manhattan peaked in March 2010 at 5.1% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Manhattan 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
Manhattan 2.9% +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: Manhattan, Kansas, National

Manhattan, Kansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Manhattan, Kansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Manhattan peaked in April 2010 at 2,453. There are now 1,036 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,366 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 51.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Manhattan 1,417 +51 -353

Number of Unemployed Persons

Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 2.9% 1,417
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 2.8% 1,366
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.0% 1,470
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.0% 1,498
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.0% 1,481
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 2.9% 1,483
May
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.1% 1,540
April
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.1% 1,515
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 2.9% 1,437
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 3.1% 1,526
January
2017
4.8% 4.1% 3.3% 1,605

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.