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Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawrence fell 1.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Lawrence peaked in April 2020 at 12.1% and is now 1.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lawrence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Kansas 10.0% -1.9 +6.9
Lawrence 10.7% -1.4 +7.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 811 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lawrence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawrence, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawrence 7,038 -811 +5,174

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 10.0% 10.7% 7,038
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.1% 2.9% 1,938
December
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.0% 1,962
November
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.0% 1,948
October
2019
3.6% 3.1% 3.0% 1,932
September
2019
3.5% 3.1% 2.9% 1,912
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 2.9% 1,888
July
2019
3.7% 3.1% 2.9% 1,866

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.