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Topeka, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Topeka fell 2.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.1%. 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 12.4% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Topeka unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Kansas 10.0% -1.9 +6.9
Topeka 10.1% -2.3 +6.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 14,818. There are now 2,808 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Topeka employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Topeka, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Topeka 12,010 -2,808 +8,133

Number of Unemployed Persons

Topeka, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 10.0% 10.1% 12,010
April
2020
14.7% 11.9% 12.4% 14,818
March
2020
4.4% 2.8% 3.2% 3,817
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.3% 3,925
January
2020
3.6% 3.1% 3.3% 3,942
December
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.4% 4,064
November
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.4% 3,998
October
2019
3.6% 3.1% 3.3% 3,937
September
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.2% 3,881
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.2% 3,838
July
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.2% 3,824

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.