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Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Manhattan rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Manhattan peaked in March 2010 at 5.1% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Manhattan unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Kansas 3.3% 0.0 -0.2
Manhattan 2.8% +0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 2010 at 2,457. There are now 1,119 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,258 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 80.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Manhattan 1,338 +80 -33

Number of Unemployed Persons

Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 1,338
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.6% 1,258
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.7% 1,288
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.8% 1,313
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 2.8% 1,312
May
2018
3.8% 3.4% 2.8% 1,312
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.9% 1,343
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 2.8% 1,310
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 2.7% 1,282
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 2.7% 1,269
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 2.9% 1,364

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.