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Wichita, Kansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wichita fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Kansas rate. The unemployment rate in Wichita peaked in August 2009 at 9.2% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Wichita unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Kansas 3.4% 0.0 -0.2
Wichita 3.8% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 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 August 2009 at 29,970. There are now 18,274 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,249 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 447. Wichita employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wichita, Kansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Wichita 11,696 -41 -1,172

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wichita, Kansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kansas
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployment Rate
Wichita
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 3.4%
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.8% 11,696
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
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.9% 11,833
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.9% 11,893
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 4.0% 12,325
August
2017
4.4% 3.6% 4.2% 12,837
July
2017
4.3% 3.6% 4.2% 12,972
June
2017
4.3% 3.6% 4.2% 12,890

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.