Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Minnesota 3.9% +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 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 122,605 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 107,798 in June 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,440. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 115,238 +508 +3,802

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 3.9% 115,238
November 2016 4.6% 3.8% 114,730
October 2016 4.8% 4.0% 118,330
September 2016 4.9% 4.0% 119,645
August 2016 4.9% 4.0% 121,563
July 2016 4.9% 3.9% 118,673
June 2016 4.9% 3.8% 116,757
May 2016 4.7% 3.8% 115,097
April 2016 5.0% 3.8% 115,917
March 2016 5.0% 3.8% 115,062
February 2016 4.9% 3.7% 112,718