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Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Minneapolis fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2016 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Minneapolis peaked in June 2009 at 8.0% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Minneapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Minnesota 3.7% 0.0 +0.1
Minneapolis 3.5% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

Unemployment Rate: Minneapolis, Minnesota, National

Minneapolis, Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Minneapolis, Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minneapolis peaked in July 2009 at 151,179. There are now 82,432 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 63,966 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,781. Minneapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Minneapolis 68,747 +214 +821

Number of Unemployed Persons

Minneapolis, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 3.7% 3.5% 68,747
February
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.5% 68,533
January
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.4% 66,725
December
2015
5.0% 3.7% 3.4% 65,895
November
2015
5.0% 3.7% 3.4% 65,659
October
2015
5.0% 3.6% 3.4% 65,385
September
2015
5.1% 3.6% 3.3% 64,507
August
2015
5.1% 3.6% 3.3% 63,966
July
2015
5.3% 3.6% 3.3% 64,898
June
2015
5.3% 3.6% 3.4% 67,086
May
2015
5.5% 3.6% 3.5% 69,005
April
2015
5.4% 3.6% 3.5% 68,693

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.