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Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawrence rose 0.5 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Lawrence peaked in April 2020 at 12.1% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Lawrence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Kansas 5.6% +0.6 +2.5
Lawrence 5.8% +0.5 +2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lawrence, Kansas, National

Lawrence, Kansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lawrence, Kansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lawrence peaked in April 2020 at 7,849. There are now 4,098 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,433 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 318. Lawrence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawrence, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawrence 3,751 +318 +1,803

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.8% 3,751
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 5.3% 3,433
September
2020
7.8% 5.9% 6.0% 3,817
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 6.8% 4,540
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 7.5% 4,797
June
2020
11.1% 7.5% 7.9% 5,075
May
2020
13.3% 10.0% 10.7% 7,072
April
2020
14.8% 11.9% 12.1% 7,849
March
2020
4.4% 2.8% 2.9% 1,878
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.9% 1,919
January
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.9% 1,938

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.