Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Kansas

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September 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Kansas

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Kansas using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Greenwood County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 2,797 (89 unemployed)
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#49. Harvey County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 17,348 (553 unemployed)
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#48. Jefferson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 10,613 (336 unemployed)
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#47. Kiowa County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 1,116 (36 unemployed)
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#46. Osage County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 8,200 (263 unemployed)
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#45. Pottawatomie County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 11,958 (384 unemployed)
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#44. Rooks County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 2,334 (75 unemployed)
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#43. Saline County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 28,880 (914 unemployed)
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#42. Sherman County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 2,880 (93 unemployed)
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#41. Barton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 13,266 (432 unemployed)
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#40. Doniphan County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 4,220 (138 unemployed)
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#39. Franklin County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 14,613 (476 unemployed)
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#38. Kingman County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 3,335 (109 unemployed)
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#37. Cherokee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 9,920 (338 unemployed)
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#36. Dickinson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 9,054 (309 unemployed)
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#35. Lane County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 709 (24 unemployed)
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#34. Lyon County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 16,840 (569 unemployed)
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#33. Marion County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 5,854 (197 unemployed)
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#32. Morton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 1,049 (36 unemployed)
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#31. Ottawa County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 2,911 (99 unemployed)
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#30. Seward County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 9,775 (336 unemployed)
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#29. Shawnee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 94,033 (3,152 unemployed)
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#28. Allen County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 6,376 (226 unemployed)
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#27. Butler County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 33,232 (1,175 unemployed)
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#26. Graham County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 1,126 (39 unemployed)
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#25. Leavenworth County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 38,138 (1,335 unemployed)
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#24. Douglas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 62,583 (2,242 unemployed)
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#23. Clay County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 3,600 (133 unemployed)
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#22. Cloud County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 3,893 (143 unemployed)
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#21. Reno County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 29,292 (1,083 unemployed)
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#20. Riley County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 33,065 (1,235 unemployed)
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#19. Elk County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +1.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 1,024 (39 unemployed)
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#18. Sumner County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 10,949 (415 unemployed)
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#17. Cowley County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 16,306 (632 unemployed)
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#16. Crawford County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 18,800 (736 unemployed)
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#15. Wilson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 3,700 (145 unemployed)
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#14. Chautauqua County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 1,374 (55 unemployed)
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#13. Decatur County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +1.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 1,220 (49 unemployed)
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#12. Sedgwick County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 259,628 (10,363 unemployed)
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#11. Labette County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 9,089 (372 unemployed)
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#10. Montgomery County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 14,541 (601 unemployed)
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#9. Bourbon County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 6,364 (267 unemployed)
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#8. Woodson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 1,489 (62 unemployed)
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#7. Grant County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 2,789 (120 unemployed)
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#6. Wyandotte County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 79,845 (3,446 unemployed)
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#5. Coffey County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 3,623 (163 unemployed)
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#4. Linn County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 4,455 (202 unemployed)
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#3. Atchison County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 6,650 (317 unemployed)
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#2. Geary County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: +1.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 11,077 (541 unemployed)
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#1. Neosho County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: +1.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 6,100 (296 unemployed)

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