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Topeka, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Topeka fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Topeka peaked in April 2020 at 12.2% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Topeka unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Kansas 2.4% 0.0 -1.1
Topeka 2.4% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 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 14,587. There are now 11,647 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 20. Topeka employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Topeka, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Topeka 2,940 +1 -1,009

Number of Unemployed Persons

Topeka, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.4% 2,940
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
October
2021
4.6% 2.9% 2.7% 3,223
September
2021
4.7% 3.0% 2.8% 3,418
August
2021
5.2% 3.2% 3.0% 3,657
July
2021
5.4% 3.4% 3.2% 3,853
June
2021
5.9% 3.5% 3.3% 3,950

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.