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Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawrence rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Lawrence peaked in April 2020 at 13.1% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lawrence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Kansas 3.8% +0.1 -2.8
Lawrence 3.8% +0.1 -3.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 5,767 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,220 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 215. Lawrence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawrence, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawrence 2,435 +51 -2,070

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.8% 3.8% 2,435
June
2021
5.9% 3.7% 3.7% 2,384
May
2021
5.8% 3.5% 3.6% 2,312
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 3.4% 5.7% 3,704
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.7% 2,994
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.7% 2,981
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.7% 2,951
September
2020
7.8% 6.1% 6.3% 4,025

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.