Department of Numbers

North Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Dakota fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 3.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Dakota peaked in April 2009 at 4.3% and is now 1.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in October 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
North Dakota 3.0% -0.1 +0.3

Note: All comparisons are made with October data as November state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Dakota peaked in April 2009 at 15,757. There are now 2,973 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 11,038 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,746. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 12,784 -246 +1,676

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Dakota from 1990 to October 2016

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 3.0% 12,784
September 2016 5.0% 3.1% 13,030
August 2016 4.9% 3.1% 13,088
July 2016 4.9% 3.2% 13,244
June 2016 4.9% 3.2% 13,492
May 2016 4.7% 3.2% 13,472
April 2016 5.0% 3.2% 13,360
March 2016 5.0% 3.1% 13,092
February 2016 4.9% 2.9% 12,237
January 2016 4.9% 2.8% 11,608
December 2015 5.0% 2.7% 11,083