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Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Manhattan rose 2.0 percentage points in January 2021 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Manhattan peaked in April 2020 at 9.0% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.0 percentage points. You can also compare Manhattan unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Kansas 3.4% -1.3 +0.3
Manhattan 5.6% +2.0 +2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 1,433 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,600 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 949.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Manhattan 2,549 +949 +1,236

Number of Unemployed Persons

Manhattan, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployment Rate
Manhattan
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.2%
January
2021
6.3% 3.4% 5.6% 2,549
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.6% 1,600
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.6% 2,096
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.7% 2,107
September
2020
7.8% 6.1% 4.8% 2,171
August
2020
8.4% 6.2% 5.7% 2,647
July
2020
10.2% 6.6% 6.7% 2,996
June
2020
11.1% 7.0% 6.7% 3,031
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 7.7% 3,534
April
2020
14.8% 12.6% 9.0% 3,982

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.