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Topeka, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Topeka rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Topeka peaked in April 2020 at 12.2% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Topeka unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Kansas 2.6% +0.1 -0.4
Topeka 2.7% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 14,587. There are now 11,381 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,920 in February 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 286. Topeka employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Topeka, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Topeka 3,206 +41 -212

Number of Unemployed Persons

Topeka, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.7% 3,206
August
2022
3.7% 2.5% 2.6% 3,165
July
2022
3.5% 2.4% 2.6% 3,121
June
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.5% 3,077
May
2022
3.6% 2.3% 2.5% 3,022
April
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.4% 2,933
March
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.5% 2,939
February
2022
3.8% 2.5% 2.4% 2,920
January
2022
4.0% 2.6% 2.5% 3,026
December
2021
3.9% 2.8% 2.7% 3,190
November
2021
4.2% 2.8% 2.7% 3,176

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.