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Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Manhattan fell 0.8 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Manhattan peaked in April 2020 at 9.1% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Manhattan unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Kansas 3.6% -0.3 -1.1
Manhattan 2.6% -0.8 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 4,094. There are now 2,935 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Manhattan 1,159 -402 -580

Number of Unemployed Persons

Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.6% 2.6% 1,159
October
2021
4.6% 3.9% 3.4% 1,561
September
2021
4.7% 3.9% 3.4% 1,563
August
2021
5.2% 3.8% 3.4% 1,540
July
2021
5.4% 3.8% 3.3% 1,494
June
2021
5.9% 3.7% 3.2% 1,444
May
2021
5.8% 3.5% 3.1% 1,381
April
2021
6.0% 3.5% 3.1% 1,367
March
2021
6.0% 3.7% 3.1% 1,364
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 3.0% 1,340
January
2021
6.4% 3.4% 5.4% 2,496

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.