Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2017 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 3.7% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Minnesota 3.8% -0.2 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minnesota peaked in June 2009 at 237,843. There are now 122,313 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 110,638 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,892. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 115,530 -4,815 -69

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Minnesota from 1990 to March 2017

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 3.8% 115,530
February 2017 4.7% 4.0% 120,345
January 2017 4.8% 4.0% 121,070
December 2016 4.7% 4.0% 121,394
November 2016 4.6% 4.0% 121,208
October 2016 4.8% 4.0% 120,714
September 2016 4.9% 4.0% 119,967
August 2016 4.9% 4.0% 118,801
July 2016 4.9% 3.9% 117,363
June 2016 4.9% 3.9% 116,053
May 2016 4.7% 3.9% 115,280
April 2016 5.0% 3.8% 115,179