Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.3%. 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 January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Missouri 5.4% -0.1 -0.9
Kansas City 5.3% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 February 2010 at 96,049. There are now 40,502 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 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 55,547 -1,032 -4,413

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5% 5.5%
January
2015
5.7% 5.5%
December
2014
5.6% 5.4% 5.3% 55,547
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 5.4% 56,579
October
2014
5.7% 5.5% 5.6% 58,227
September
2014
5.9% 5.6% 6.0% 62,231
August
2014
6.1% 5.7% 6.0% 62,090
July
2014
6.2% 5.8% 6.2% 64,410
June
2014
6.1% 6.0% 6.3% 65,265
May
2014
6.3% 6.1% 6.4% 66,043
April
2014
6.2% 6.3% 6.3% 65,652
March
2014
6.6% 6.4% 6.3% 65,822

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.