Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2014 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Minnesota peaked in April 2009 at 8.3% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Minnesota 3.9% -0.2 -0.9

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minnesota peaked in May 2009 at 246,835. There are now 130,246 fewer people unemployed in the state. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 116,589 -5,839 -27,127

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Minnesota from 1990 to October 2014

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
October 2014 5.8% 3.9% 116,589
September 2014 5.9% 4.1% 122,428
August 2014 6.1% 4.3% 128,191
July 2014 6.2% 4.5% 133,359
June 2014 6.1% 4.5% 135,914
May 2014 6.3% 4.6% 139,041
April 2014 6.3% 4.7% 141,583
March 2014 6.7% 4.8% 145,588
February 2014 6.7% 4.8% 144,372
January 2014 6.6% 4.7% 141,372
December 2013 6.7% 4.7% 139,987
November 2013 7.0% 4.8% 141,226
October 2013 7.2% 4.8% 143,716