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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.1%. 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 December 2009 at 9.1% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Missouri 4.2% 0.0 -1.1
Kansas City 4.1% +0.1 -1.1
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 96,181. There are now 50,084 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 1,045. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 46,097 +1,045 -11,815

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 4.2% 4.1% 46,097
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
November
2015
5.0% 4.4% 4.3% 48,502
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 4.4% 49,134
September
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.4% 49,776
August
2015
5.1% 4.7% 4.5% 50,867
July
2015
5.3% 4.8% 4.6% 52,128
June
2015
5.3% 5.0% 4.8% 53,818
May
2015
5.5% 5.1% 5.0% 56,119
April
2015
5.4% 5.2% 5.1% 57,529

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.