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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Kansas City peaked in December 2009 at 9.1% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Missouri 4.4% -0.3 -1.0
Kansas City 4.3% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kansas City, Missouri, National

Kansas City, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kansas City peaked in March 2010 at 96,325. There are now 47,620 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 48,705 -1,680 -7,553

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.4% 4.3% 48,705
November
2015
5.0% 4.7% 4.5% 50,385
October
2015
5.0% 5.0% 4.6% 51,533
September
2015
5.1% 5.3% 4.7% 51,870
August
2015
5.1% 5.6% 5.0% 54,812
July
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.1% 56,266
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.2% 57,657
May
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.4% 60,216
April
2015
5.4% 5.7% 5.4% 60,642
March
2015
5.5% 5.6% 5.2% 57,903
February
2015
5.5% 5.5% 5.4% 60,643

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.