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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.1%. 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 9.1% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in September 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Missouri 3.1% -0.1 -0.5
Kansas City 3.1% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 96,260. There are now 61,148 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 35,112 -40 -6,452

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.1% 35,112
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 35,152
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.2% 36,036
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.4% 38,556
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.5% 39,786
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.7% 41,589
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.6% 40,596
March
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.4% 38,847
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.5% 39,389
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.6% 41,166
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.7% 41,749

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.