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Topeka, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Topeka rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Topeka peaked in April 2020 at 12.6% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Topeka unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Kansas 3.5% -0.2 -9.1
Topeka 3.2% +0.1 -9.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Topeka, Kansas, National

Topeka, Kansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Topeka, Kansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Topeka peaked in April 2020 at 15,093. There are now 11,129 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,708 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 256. Topeka employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Topeka, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Topeka 3,964 +111 -11,129

Number of Unemployed Persons

Topeka, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 3.5% 3.2% 3,964
March
2021
6.0% 3.7% 3.1% 3,853
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 3.0% 3,708
January
2021
6.3% 3.4% 5.1% 6,509
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.2% 5,186
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.2% 5,140
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.1% 4,987
September
2020
7.8% 6.1% 5.6% 6,671
August
2020
8.4% 6.2% 5.8% 7,052
July
2020
10.2% 6.6% 6.4% 7,754
June
2020
11.1% 7.0% 6.5% 7,732

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.