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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City rose 0.3 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Kansas City peaked in December 2009 at 9.1% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Missouri 6.4% +0.4 -0.3
Kansas City 6.0% +0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 February 2010 at 95,237. There are now 33,112 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 58,272 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,853. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 62,125 +3,176 -6,368

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7%
February
2014
6.7% 6.4% 6.0% 62,125
January
2014
6.6% 6.0% 5.7% 58,949
December
2013
6.7% 6.0% 5.6% 58,272
November
2013
7.0% 6.1% 5.8% 60,843
October
2013
7.2% 6.3% 6.2% 65,160
September
2013
7.2% 6.4% 6.6% 68,858
August
2013
7.2% 6.6% 6.8% 71,547
July
2013
7.3% 6.8% 6.7% 70,069
June
2013
7.5% 6.8% 6.6% 68,797
May
2013
7.5% 6.7% 6.6% 68,900
April
2013
7.5% 6.6% 6.6% 68,420
March
2013
7.5% 6.6% 6.6% 68,537

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.