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Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kansas City rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.7%. 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 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Kansas City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Missouri 3.6% 0.0 -0.1
Kansas City 3.7% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 54,599 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 38,847 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,814. Kansas City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kansas City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Kansas City 41,661 +1,065 -324

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kansas City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployment Rate
Kansas City
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.7% 41,661
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
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.7% 41,825
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.7% 41,564
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 3.7% 41,719
August
2017
4.4% 3.6% 3.8% 42,551
July
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.8% 42,482

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.