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Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Manhattan fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2019 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 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 2.8% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Manhattan unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Kansas 3.1% -0.1 -0.2
Manhattan 2.8% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 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 March 2010 at 2,449. There are now 1,105 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,331 in June 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Manhattan 1,344 +4 -50

Number of Unemployed Persons

Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 3.1% 2.8% 1,344
September
2019
3.5% 3.2% 2.8% 1,340
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.9% 1,356
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.9% 1,371
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.9% 1,398
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.1% 1,456
April
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.1% 1,470
March
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.1% 1,490
February
2019
3.8% 3.4% 3.1% 1,474
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 3.0% 1,449
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.9% 1,403

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.