Department of Numbers

Kansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kansas rose 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kansas peaked in April 2020 at 11.9% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Kansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Kansas 5.6% +0.6 +2.5

Note: All comparisons are made with November data as December state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kansas, National

Kansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kansas peaked in April 2020 at 179,494. There are now 93,285 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 75,757 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,452. Kansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas 86,209 +10,452 +39,303

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kansas from 1990 to November 2020

Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 5.6% 86,209
October 2020 6.9% 5.0% 75,757
September 2020 7.8% 5.9% 86,464
August 2020 8.4% 6.9% 103,537
July 2020 10.2% 7.2% 107,119
June 2020 11.1% 7.5% 110,813
May 2020 13.3% 10.0% 151,293
April 2020 14.8% 11.9% 179,494
March 2020 4.4% 2.8% 42,644
February 2020 3.5% 3.1% 46,789
January 2020 3.5% 3.1% 46,871