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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 February 2017 to 3.8%. 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 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Minneapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Minnesota 4.0% 0.0 +0.1
Minneapolis 3.8% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 77,906 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 9,307. Minneapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Minneapolis 73,273 +822 +4,740

Number of Unemployed Persons

Minneapolis, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 3.8%
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 3.8% 73,273
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.7% 72,451
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.7% 71,917
November
2016
4.6% 4.0% 3.5% 67,103
October
2016
4.8% 4.0% 3.5% 67,944
September
2016
4.9% 4.0% 3.5% 67,128
August
2016
4.9% 4.0% 3.7% 71,170
July
2016
4.9% 3.9% 3.5% 68,190
June
2016
4.9% 3.9% 3.5% 68,864
May
2016
4.7% 3.9% 3.4% 66,814
April
2016
5.0% 3.8% 3.5% 68,589

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.