Kansas Labor Information Center (KLIC)


Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Local Area Unemployment Rates

This data contains monthly civilian labor force, employment, unemployment and unemployment rate statistics for Kansas, metropolitan statistical areas, local areas, projections regions, counties and largely populated cities.

See how unemployment rates are used in our Kansas Monthly Labor Report or view the monthly unemployment rate maps.

Customize your own report by using the Kansas LAUS database.

Access the seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for each of the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in Kansas.

Labor Force Participation Rates


BLS also calculates Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization for States by the following six measures:

  • U-1, persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force;
  • U-2, job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, as a percent of the civilian labor force;
  • U-3, total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force (this is the definition used for the official unemployment rate);
  • U-4, total unemployed plus discouraged workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus discouraged workers;
  • U-5, total unemployed, plus discouraged workers, plus all other marginally attached workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers; and
  • U-6, total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.


Employment and Unemployment Concepts and Definitions

Employment - People are considered employed if they did any work at all for pay or profit, including part-time or temporary work as well as regular full-time work. Persons who have jobs but who are not at work are also considered employed, including people who were on vacation, ill, involved in an industrial dispute, prevented from working by bad weather, or taking time off for personal reasons. Because employment is a count of people, not jobs, a person who works at two jobs is counted only once.

Unemployment - Counts of unemployment include persons 16 years of age and older who do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks, and currently available for work. "Looking for work" may include any of the following activities:

  • Registering at a public or private employment office
  • Meeting with prospective employers
  • Checking with friends and relatives
  • Placing or answering advertisements
  • Writing letters of application
  • Being on a union or professional register

Also considered unemployed are persons who are waiting to start a new job with 30 days and persons who are on layoff, even if they are not looking for work. The definition of unemployment assumes no prior experience; persons who meet the definition (that is, not employed, looking for work, and available for work) are considered unemployed even if they have never worked before.

Labor Force - The labor force includes the employed and unemployed. Anyone who neither has a job nor is looking for one is not in the labor force.

Unemployment Rate - The unemployment rate is unemployment expressed as a percent of the labor force.


LAUS Estimates from the BLS website
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program is a Federal-State cooperative effort in which monthly estimates of total employment and unemployment are prepared for approximately 7,300 areas:

  • Census regions and divisions
  • States
  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan NECTAS (New England City and Town Areas)
  • Metropolitan Divisions and NECTA Divisions
  • Micropolitan Statistical Areas and Micropolitan NECTAs
  • Combined Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Combined NECTAs
  • Small Labor Market Areas
  • Counties and county equivalents
  • Cities of 25,000 population or more


LAUS Estimation Methodology
The concepts and definitions underlying LAUS data come from the Current Population Survey (CPS), the household survey that is the official measure of the labor force for the nation. State monthly model estimates are controlled in "real time" to sum to national monthly labor force estimates from the CPS. These models combine current and historical data from the CPS, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program, and State unemployment insurance (UI) systems.


The following dates represent the 2014 Labor Market Information Services reference month and Press Release dates for the Kansas Labor Condition.

Press Release Dates

Reference Month (Statewide1) (Substate2)
January March 17, 2014* March 17, 2014*
February March 27, 2014 March 28, 2014
March April 17, 2014 April 18, 2014
April May 15, 2014 May 16, 2014
May June 19, 2014 June 20, 2014
June July 17, 2014 July 18, 2014
July August 18, 2014* August 18, 2014*
August September 18, 2014 September 19, 2014
September October 20, 2014* October 21, 2014*
October November 21, 2014 November 22, 2014
November December 19, 2014 December 20, 2014
December January 27, 2015* January 28, 2015**

1-The data will be released at 9:00am (Central Time)
2 - The data will be released at 8:30am (Central Time)
* Monday releases.
 ** Tuesday releases.