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Topeka, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Topeka fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.4%. 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 October 2010 at 7.2% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Topeka unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Kansas 3.3% -0.1 0.0
Topeka 3.4% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 November 2010 at 8,948. There are now 4,796 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,064 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 88. Topeka employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Topeka, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Topeka 4,152 -57 +16

Number of Unemployed Persons

Topeka, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2%
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.4% 4,152
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.5% 4,209
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.6% 4,335
April
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.6% 4,352
March
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.6% 4,385
February
2019
3.8% 3.4% 3.6% 4,312
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 3.5% 4,254
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.5% 4,233
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.5% 4,228
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.5% 4,203

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.