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Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawrence rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Lawrence peaked in April 2020 at 12.7% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lawrence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Kansas 2.6% +0.1 -0.4
Lawrence 2.5% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 7,942. There are now 6,322 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,538 in June 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 82. Lawrence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawrence, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawrence 1,620 +35 -218

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.5% 1,620
August
2022
3.7% 2.5% 2.4% 1,585
July
2022
3.5% 2.4% 2.4% 1,555
June
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 1,538
May
2022
3.6% 2.3% 2.3% 1,549
April
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.4% 1,554
March
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.4% 1,587
February
2022
3.8% 2.5% 2.4% 1,601
January
2022
4.0% 2.6% 2.5% 1,654
December
2021
3.9% 2.8% 2.7% 1,732
November
2021
4.2% 2.8% 2.6% 1,727

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.