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Wichita, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wichita fell 4.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.2 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Wichita peaked in April 2020 at 18.2% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Wichita 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
Wichita 14.2% -4.0 +10.9
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: 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 61,061. There are now 14,143 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Wichita employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wichita, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Wichita 46,918 -14,143 +36,376

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wichita, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 7.5%
May
2020
13.3% 10.0% 14.2% 46,918
April
2020
14.7% 11.9% 18.2% 61,061
March
2020
4.4% 2.8% 3.4% 10,873
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.5% 10,962
January
2020
3.6% 3.1% 3.4% 10,746
December
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.4% 10,729
November
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.4% 10,659
October
2019
3.6% 3.1% 3.4% 10,599
September
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.3% 10,549
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.3% 10,511
July
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.3% 10,483

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.