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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Kansas City peaked in December 2009 at 9.1% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Missouri 3.9% +0.1 -0.9
Kansas City 3.9% +0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 51,833 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 42,018 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,330. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 44,348 +2,330 -5,843

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.8%
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.9% 44,348
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.7% 42,018
June
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.8% 42,330
May
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.9% 43,982
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.9% 44,449
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 4.0% 45,509
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 4.1% 46,357
January
2017
4.8% 4.2% 4.2% 48,127
December
2016
4.7% 4.4% 4.2% 48,117
November
2016
4.6% 4.5% 4.3% 48,727
October
2016
4.8% 4.6% 4.4% 49,604

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.