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Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Manhattan rose 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Manhattan peaked in April 2020 at 9.0% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Manhattan unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Kansas 5.1% +0.1 +2.0
Manhattan 5.3% +0.6 +2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Manhattan, Kansas, National

Manhattan, Kansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Manhattan, Kansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Manhattan peaked in April 2020 at 3,982. There are now 1,544 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,107 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 331.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Manhattan 2,438 +331 +1,113

Number of Unemployed Persons

Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 3.8%
November
2020
6.7% 5.1% 5.3% 2,438
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 4.7% 2,107
September
2020
7.8% 5.9% 4.8% 2,171
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 5.7% 2,647
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 6.7% 2,996
June
2020
11.1% 7.5% 6.7% 3,031
May
2020
13.3% 10.0% 7.7% 3,534
April
2020
14.8% 11.9% 9.0% 3,982
March
2020
4.4% 2.8% 2.6% 1,256
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.7% 1,294
January
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.8% 1,313

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.