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Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Duluth fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Duluth peaked in June 2009 at 9.6% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Duluth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Minnesota 3.1% -0.3 -0.9
Duluth 4.2% 0.0 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Duluth, Minnesota, National

Duluth, Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Duluth, Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Duluth peaked in June 2009 at 14,160. There are now 8,044 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,978 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 138. Duluth employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Duluth, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Duluth 6,116 +138 -1,897

Number of Unemployed Persons

Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.1% 4.2% 6,116
October
2017
4.1% 3.4% 4.2% 5,978
September
2017
4.2% 3.7% 4.6% 6,658
August
2017
4.4% 3.8% 5.0% 7,151
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.6% 6,528
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.7% 6,697
May
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.9% 6,908
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.9% 7,019
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 5.0% 7,122
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 5.4% 7,718
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 5.6% 8,044

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.