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Wichita, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wichita fell 1.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Wichita peaked in April 2020 at 19.2% and is now 15.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Wichita unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Kansas 3.6% -0.3 -1.1
Wichita 4.1% -1.1 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 63,413. There are now 50,526 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Wichita employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wichita, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Wichita 12,887 -3,644 -4,967

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wichita, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.6% 4.1% 12,887
October
2021
4.6% 3.9% 5.2% 16,531
September
2021
4.7% 3.9% 5.3% 16,798
August
2021
5.2% 3.8% 5.3% 16,853
July
2021
5.4% 3.8% 5.2% 16,776
June
2021
5.9% 3.7% 5.1% 16,317
May
2021
5.8% 3.5% 5.0% 15,819
April
2021
6.0% 3.5% 5.0% 16,048
March
2021
6.0% 3.7% 5.4% 17,231
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 6.0% 19,166
January
2021
6.4% 3.4% 7.9% 25,800

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.