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Topeka, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Topeka rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Topeka peaked in September 2010 at 7.2% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Topeka unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Kansas 3.4% 0.0 -0.1
Topeka 3.7% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 September 2010 at 8,959. There are now 4,530 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,788 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 641. Topeka employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Topeka, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Topeka 4,429 +131 +450

Number of Unemployed Persons

Topeka, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.5%
February
2019
3.8% 3.4% 3.7% 4,429
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 3.6% 4,298
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.6% 4,342
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.4% 4,024
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.3% 4,001
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.2% 3,788
August
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.4% 4,069
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.7% 4,341
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.6% 4,311
May
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.7% 4,328
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.6% 4,246

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.