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Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Minneapolis rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 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 August 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 August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Minnesota 3.8% +0.1 -0.2
Minneapolis 3.5% +0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

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 81,478 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 63,498 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,203. Minneapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Minneapolis 69,701 +4,215 -254

Number of Unemployed Persons

Minneapolis, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.7%
August
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.5% 69,701
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.3% 65,486
June
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.3% 66,439
May
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.5% 68,101
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.4% 66,560
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.4% 66,480
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 3.7% 71,845
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.7% 72,060
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.8% 73,362
November
2016
4.6% 4.0% 3.7% 72,393
October
2016
4.8% 4.0% 3.7% 72,500

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.