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Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawrence rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Lawrence peaked in September 2010 at 6.1% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lawrence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Kansas 3.3% 0.0 -0.2
Lawrence 3.0% +0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 October 2010 at 3,899. There are now 1,928 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,863 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 108. Lawrence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawrence, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawrence 1,971 +108 -35

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 1,971
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 1,863
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.9% 1,883
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.0% 1,926
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 3.0% 1,924
May
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.0% 1,950
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.1% 2,036
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.1% 2,012
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.0% 1,971
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 2.9% 1,864
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.1% 2,013

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.