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Topeka, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Topeka rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.3%. 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 September 2010 at 7.2% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Topeka unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Kansas 3.3% 0.0 -0.2
Topeka 3.3% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 4,965 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 206. Topeka employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Topeka, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Topeka 3,994 +206 -103

Number of Unemployed Persons

Topeka, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.3% 3,994
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.2% 3,788
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.4% 4,069
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.7% 4,341
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 3.6% 4,311
May
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.7% 4,328
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.6% 4,246
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.3% 3,948
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.3% 3,979
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.2% 3,790
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.5% 4,145

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.