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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2014 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Kansas City peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
Missouri 6.6% 0.0 -0.1
Kansas City 6.4% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June 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 96,049. There are now 29,997 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 59,960 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,092. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 66,052 +400 -1,889

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 6.5%
May
2014
6.3% 6.6% 6.4% 66,052
April
2014
6.3% 6.6% 6.3% 65,652
March
2014
6.7% 6.7% 6.3% 65,822
February
2014
6.7% 6.4% 6.1% 62,853
January
2014
6.6% 6.0% 5.8% 60,027
December
2013
6.7% 6.0% 5.8% 59,960
November
2013
7.0% 6.1% 5.9% 61,345
October
2013
7.2% 6.3% 6.1% 62,914
September
2013
7.2% 6.4% 6.2% 64,561
August
2013
7.2% 6.6% 6.3% 66,047
July
2013
7.3% 6.8% 6.4% 67,103
June
2013
7.5% 6.8% 6.5% 67,661

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.