Department of Numbers

North Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Dakota fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2014 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 3.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Dakota peaked in March 2009 at 4.2% and is now 1.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
North Dakota 2.8% 0.0 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Dakota peaked in April 2009 at 15,681. There are now 4,138 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 10,396 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,147. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 11,543 +156 +229

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Dakota from 1990 to September 2014

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
October 2014 5.8%
September 2014 5.9% 2.8% 11,543
August 2014 6.1% 2.8% 11,387
July 2014 6.2% 2.8% 11,445
June 2014 6.1% 2.7% 10,936
May 2014 6.3% 2.6% 10,708
April 2014 6.3% 2.5% 10,396
March 2014 6.7% 2.6% 10,581
February 2014 6.7% 2.6% 10,689
January 2014 6.6% 2.6% 10,540
December 2013 6.7% 2.7% 10,755
November 2013 7.0% 2.7% 10,914
October 2013 7.2% 2.8% 11,103