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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Kansas City peaked in December 2009 at 9.1% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Missouri 5.1% -0.1 +0.6
Kansas City 4.5% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 96,181. There are now 45,462 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 45,052 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,667. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 50,719 -257 +1,585

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.5% 50,719
September
2016
5.0% 5.2% 4.5% 50,976
August
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.5% 50,960
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.5% 50,246
June
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.2% 47,379
May
2016
4.7% 4.3% 4.1% 46,115
April
2016
5.0% 4.3% 4.1% 46,598
March
2016
5.0% 4.2% 4.1% 45,906
February
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.0% 45,052
January
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.0% 45,615
December
2015
5.0% 4.4% 4.2% 47,654

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.