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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.4%. 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 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Missouri 5.8% +0.1 -0.3
Kansas City 5.4% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 35,956 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 56,258 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,111. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 60,369 -273 -2,978

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.4% 60,369
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
January
2015
5.7% 5.5% 5.4% 59,883
December
2014
5.6% 5.4% 5.1% 56,258
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 5.2% 57,315
October
2014
5.7% 5.5% 5.3% 58,465
September
2014
5.9% 5.6% 5.4% 59,524
August
2014
6.1% 5.7% 5.5% 60,346
July
2014
6.2% 5.8% 5.6% 61,235
June
2014
6.1% 6.0% 5.7% 62,368

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.