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Topeka, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Topeka rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Topeka peaked in August 2010 at 7.2% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Topeka 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
Topeka 3.4% +0.2 -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: Topeka, Kansas, National

Topeka, Kansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Topeka, Kansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Topeka peaked in September 2010 at 8,977. There are now 4,862 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,859 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 256. Topeka employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Topeka, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Topeka 4,115 +256 -882

Number of Unemployed Persons

Topeka, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.4% 4,115
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.2% 3,859
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.5% 4,298
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.8% 4,662
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.8% 4,700
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.9% 4,743
May
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.0% 4,842
April
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.8% 4,626
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.5% 4,267
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 3.8% 4,600
January
2017
4.8% 4.1% 3.9% 4,796

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.