Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 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 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Minnesota 3.5% -0.1 -0.2

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minnesota peaked in June 2009 at 237,843. There are now 130,383 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 106,901 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 559. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 107,460 +559 -2,295

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Minnesota from 1990 to December 2015

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 3.5% 107,460
November 2015 5.0% 3.6% 106,901
October 2015 5.0% 3.7% 111,153
September 2015 5.1% 3.8% 114,441
August 2015 5.1% 4.0% 118,880
July 2015 5.3% 4.0% 120,135
June 2015 5.3% 3.9% 118,226
May 2015 5.5% 3.8% 116,832
April 2015 5.4% 3.7% 113,424
March 2015 5.5% 3.8% 113,407
February 2015 5.5% 3.7% 111,289