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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Kansas City peaked in December 2009 at 9.1% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Missouri 3.2% 0.0 -0.3
Kansas City 3.3% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 58,385 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 35,080 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,795. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 37,875 -729 -1,514

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.3%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.3% 37,875
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.4% 38,604
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.3% 38,349
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.2% 36,111
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.1% 35,080
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 3.1% 35,152
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.2% 36,036
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.4% 38,556
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 3.5% 39,786
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.7% 41,589
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.6% 40,596

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.