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Lawrence, Kansas Job Growth

There were 48,500 jobs in Lawrence, Kansas in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 61,437 employed persons for the month. Lawrence added 200 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 36 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Lawrence job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 48,500 +200 +2,000
CPS 61,437 +36 +4,310

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Lawrence, Kansas Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Lawrence as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Lawrence, Kansas

CES employment for Lawrence peaked in August 2018 at 54,400. Since then 5,900 jobs have been lost in Lawrence according to the employer survey. From a trough of 44,500 in April 2020, Lawrence has gained 4,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 63,961 for Lawrence in November 2019. 2,524 jobs have been lost in Lawrence since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 54,368, Lawrence has added 7,069 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Lawrence, Kansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 48,500 200 61,437 36
April 2021 48,300 300 61,401 93
March 2021 48,000 600 61,308 86
February 2021 47,400 -300 61,222 89
January 2021 47,700 500 61,133 287
December 2020 47,200 -600 60,846 233
November 2020 47,800 0 60,613 344
October 2020 47,800 -1,100 60,269 541
September 2020 48,900 -400 59,728 -1,737
August 2020 49,300 700 61,465 1,004
July 2020 48,600 1,200 60,461 1,396
June 2020 47,400 900 59,065 1,938