Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 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 August 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Minnesota 3.8% +0.1 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 121,280 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 109,146 in October 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,417. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 116,563 +3,139 -4,206

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
May 2015 5.5% 3.8% 116,563
April 2015 5.4% 3.7% 113,424
March 2015 5.5% 3.8% 113,407
February 2015 5.5% 3.7% 111,289
January 2015 5.7% 3.7% 109,918
December 2014 5.6% 3.7% 109,755
November 2014 5.8% 3.7% 109,273
October 2014 5.7% 3.7% 109,146
September 2014 5.9% 3.7% 109,391
August 2014 6.1% 3.7% 110,319
July 2014 6.2% 3.8% 112,466
June 2014 6.1% 3.9% 116,110