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Wichita, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wichita fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Wichita peaked in April 2020 at 18.7% and is now 15.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Wichita 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
Wichita 3.2% 0.0 -1.7
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: Wichita, Kansas, National

Wichita, Kansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Wichita, Kansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wichita peaked in April 2020 at 61,463. There are now 51,302 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Wichita employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wichita, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Wichita 10,161 -226 -5,392

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wichita, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 2.4% 3.2% 10,161
March
2022
3.6% 2.4% 3.2% 10,387
February
2022
3.8% 2.5% 3.3% 10,464
January
2022
4.0% 2.6% 3.4% 10,822
December
2021
3.9% 2.8% 3.6% 11,348
November
2021
4.2% 2.8% 3.5% 11,277
October
2021
4.6% 2.9% 3.6% 11,395
September
2021
4.7% 3.0% 3.8% 12,069
August
2021
5.2% 3.2% 4.1% 12,956
July
2021
5.4% 3.4% 4.3% 13,835
June
2021
5.9% 3.5% 4.6% 14,531

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.