Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.4 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.3%. 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 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Minnesota 3.3% -0.4 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 134,924 fewer people unemployed in the state. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 102,919 -9,231 -17,795

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 3.3% 102,919
September 2017 4.2% 3.7% 112,150
August 2017 4.4% 3.8% 116,241
July 2017 4.3% 3.7% 112,421
June 2017 4.4% 3.7% 111,720
May 2017 4.3% 3.7% 112,745
April 2017 4.4% 3.8% 114,155
March 2017 4.5% 3.8% 115,586
February 2017 4.7% 4.0% 120,345
January 2017 4.8% 4.0% 121,070
December 2016 4.7% 4.0% 121,394