Unemployment Rate

Unemployment rates listed for Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan and the Wichita area, measure the entire Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The unemployment rate is a measure of the prevalence of unemployment and it is calculated as a percentage by dividing the number of unemployed individuals by all individuals currently in the labor force or those actively seeking employment and willing to work.  The unemployment rate for October 2017 was 2.90%, data lags by one month.

Federal Housing Price Index

The Housing Price Index is a broad measure of the movement of single-family housing prices.  It serves as a timely, accurate indicator of house price trends.  This information is specific for the City of Topeka and is obtained by reviewing repeat mortgage transactions on single-family properties whose mortgages have been purchased or securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since January 1975.  It is updated on a quarterly basis.  The higher percent increase means higher sales data for housing. 

Building Permits

For a comprehensive review of the status of residential and commercial building permits in the City of Topeka please visit the November report prepared by the Planning Department.