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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Kansas City peaked in December 2009 at 9.2% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Missouri 3.2% -0.1 +0.2
Kansas City 3.2% -0.1 0.0
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: 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 March 2010 at 95,521. There are now 58,514 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 36,364 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 643. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 37,007 -669 +486

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.1%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.2% 37,007
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.3% 37,676
June
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.3% 37,522
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.3% 37,882
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.4% 38,211
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.4% 38,258
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.3% 37,570
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.3% 37,443
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.3% 37,038
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.2% 36,886
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.2% 36,564

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.