October Sees Small Rise In Unemployment Across Two-State Region

Kansas unemployment rate increases to 2.9 percent, Missouri increases to 3.1 percent for the month of October. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Posted November 17, 2023

The Two-State region experienced small increases in unemployment in October, according to Kansas And Missouri monthly jobs reports.


The Sunflower State showed a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.9 percent in October. An increase from 2.8 percent in September and a decrease from 3.0 percent in October 2022, according to the Kansas Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Kansas total nonfarm payroll employment, including private sector and government employers, increased by 3,200 from September. Private sector jobs increased by 2,400 over the month and government jobs increased by 800.

Since October 2022 Kansas’ seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs have increased by 15,600.

View the full Kansas Labor Market Report October 2023, here.


The Show-Me State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.1 percent in October, up from 2.9 percent in September and up from 2.7 percent in October 2022.

Missouri nonfarm payroll employment increased by 5,600 jobs in October 2023, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by two-tenths of a percentage point. Private sector employment increased by 4,800 jobs and government employment increased by 800 jobs. Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment totaled at 2,992,700 in October 2023

View the full Missouri Jobs Report October 2023, here.