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Topeka, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Topeka rose 0.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Topeka peaked in April 2020 at 12.4% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Topeka unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Kansas 5.1% +0.1 +2.0
Topeka 5.7% +0.8 +2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 7,865 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,884 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,069. Topeka employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Topeka, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Topeka 6,953 +1,069 +2,955

Number of Unemployed Persons

Topeka, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployment Rate
Topeka
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 3.8%
November
2020
6.7% 5.1% 5.7% 6,953
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 4.9% 5,884
September
2020
7.8% 5.9% 5.5% 6,495
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 6.6% 7,852
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 6.7% 7,949
June
2020
11.1% 7.5% 7.3% 8,618
May
2020
13.3% 10.0% 10.1% 11,988
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.1% 3.3% 3,942

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.