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Wichita, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wichita fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Wichita peaked in September 2009 at 9.2% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Wichita unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Kansas 3.2% -0.1 -0.1
Wichita 3.5% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 September 2009 at 29,888. There are now 18,933 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Wichita employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wichita, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Wichita 10,955 -109 -238

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wichita, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.2%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.5% 10,955
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.6% 11,064
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.6% 11,218
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.7% 11,497
April
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.7% 11,552
March
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.7% 11,673
February
2019
3.8% 3.4% 3.7% 11,535
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 3.7% 11,439
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.6% 11,235
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.6% 11,215
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.6% 11,179

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.