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Wichita, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wichita rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Wichita peaked in August 2009 at 9.2% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Wichita 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
Wichita 3.9% +0.2 -0.9
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: Wichita, Kansas, National

Wichita, Kansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Wichita, Kansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wichita peaked in August 2009 at 29,970. There are now 18,002 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,622 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 346. Wichita employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wichita, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Wichita 11,968 +346 -2,824

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wichita, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.9% 11,968
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.7% 11,622
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 4.2% 13,133
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.4% 13,735
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.3% 13,371
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.3% 13,223
May
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.3% 13,315
April
2017
4.4% 3.7% 4.2% 12,910
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 4.2% 12,908
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 4.5% 13,945
January
2017
4.8% 4.1% 4.6% 14,028

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.