Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2014 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Minnesota peaked in April 2009 at 8.3% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 -0.8
Minnesota 4.8% 0.0 -0.4

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minnesota peaked in May 2009 at 246,835. There are now 101,772 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 139,987 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,076. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 145,063 +691 -10,239

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Minnesota from 1990 to March 2014

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7% 4.8% 145,063
February 2014 6.7% 4.8% 144,372
January 2014 6.6% 4.7% 141,372
December 2013 6.7% 4.7% 139,987
November 2013 7.0% 4.8% 141,226
October 2013 7.2% 4.8% 143,716
September 2013 7.2% 4.9% 145,859
August 2013 7.2% 5.0% 148,744
July 2013 7.3% 5.1% 151,037
June 2013 7.5% 5.1% 152,160
May 2013 7.5% 5.1% 153,073
April 2013 7.5% 5.2% 153,543
March 2013 7.5% 5.2% 155,302