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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Kansas City peaked in April 2020 at 12.2% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Missouri 2.4% -0.1 -1.6
Kansas City 2.6% -0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kansas City, Missouri, National

Kansas City, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kansas City peaked in April 2020 at 134,482. There are now 105,203 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 29,279 -1,312 -13,354

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.4% 2.6% 29,279
August
2022
3.7% 2.5% 2.7% 30,591
July
2022
3.5% 2.5% 2.8% 31,592
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.9% 33,610
May
2022
3.6% 3.1% 3.1% 35,720
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 37,592
March
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.4% 39,224
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 39,978
January
2022
4.0% 3.8% 3.5% 40,227
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 3.6% 41,186
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 3.6% 41,257

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.