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Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawrence fell 0.8 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Lawrence peaked in April 2020 at 13.1% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lawrence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Kansas 3.6% -0.3 -1.1
Lawrence 2.9% -0.8 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 8,202. There are now 6,317 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lawrence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawrence, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawrence 1,885 -528 -1,096

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.6% 2.9% 1,885
October
2021
4.6% 3.9% 3.7% 2,413
September
2021
4.7% 3.9% 3.7% 2,443
August
2021
5.2% 3.8% 3.8% 2,445
July
2021
5.4% 3.8% 3.8% 2,442
June
2021
5.9% 3.7% 3.7% 2,384
May
2021
5.8% 3.5% 3.6% 2,312
April
2021
6.0% 3.5% 3.6% 2,293
March
2021
6.0% 3.7% 3.6% 2,270
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 3.5% 2,220
January
2021
6.4% 3.4% 5.7% 3,704

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.