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Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Minneapolis rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.3%. 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 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in November 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Minneapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Minnesota 3.5% -0.1 -0.2
Minneapolis 3.3% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 86,813 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 62,237 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,129. Minneapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Minneapolis 64,366 +2,129 -1,966

Number of Unemployed Persons

Minneapolis, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 3.5% 3.3% 64,366
November
2015
5.0% 3.6% 3.2% 62,237
October
2015
5.0% 3.7% 3.3% 63,970
September
2015
5.1% 3.8% 3.3% 63,327
August
2015
5.1% 4.0% 3.5% 67,851
July
2015
5.3% 4.0% 3.6% 69,958
June
2015
5.3% 3.9% 3.6% 69,585
May
2015
5.5% 3.8% 3.7% 72,222
April
2015
5.4% 3.7% 3.6% 69,114
March
2015
5.5% 3.8% 3.6% 68,978
February
2015
5.5% 3.7% 3.6% 69,251

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.