Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2016 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Minnesota peaked in June 2009 at 8.1% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Minnesota 3.8% 0.0 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minnesota peaked in June 2009 at 237,843. There are now 122,901 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 107,798 in June 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,144. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 114,942 -975 +7,121

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Minnesota from 1990 to May 2016

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 3.8% 114,942
April 2016 5.0% 3.8% 115,917
March 2016 5.0% 3.8% 115,062
February 2016 4.9% 3.7% 112,718
January 2016 4.9% 3.7% 111,558
December 2015 5.0% 3.7% 111,436
November 2015 5.0% 3.7% 110,555
October 2015 5.0% 3.6% 109,810
September 2015 5.1% 3.6% 109,083
August 2015 5.1% 3.6% 108,466
July 2015 5.3% 3.6% 108,025
June 2015 5.3% 3.6% 107,798