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Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lawrence fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.3%. 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 September 2010 at 6.1% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Lawrence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Kansas 3.4% 0.0 -0.1
Lawrence 3.3% 0.0 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 1,754 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 282. Lawrence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lawrence, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lawrence 2,145 +6 +174

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lawrence, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployment Rate
Lawrence
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.5%
February
2019
3.8% 3.4% 3.3% 2,145
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 3.3% 2,139
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.1% 2,038
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 1,950
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.0% 1,971
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 1,863
August
2018
3.8% 3.3% 2.9% 1,883
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.0% 1,926
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.0% 1,924
May
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.0% 1,950
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.1% 2,036

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.