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Wichita, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wichita fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Wichita peaked in August 2009 at 9.2% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Wichita unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Kansas 3.3% 0.0 -0.2
Wichita 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 August 2009 at 29,970. There are now 19,028 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,659 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 283. Wichita employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wichita, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Wichita 10,942 +283 -951

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wichita, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.5% 10,942
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.5% 10,659
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.6% 11,080
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.8% 11,672
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 3.8% 11,635
May
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.7% 11,520
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.8% 11,657
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.9% 11,737
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.8% 11,646
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.7% 11,249
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.9% 11,862

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.