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 May 2016 to 3.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 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 1.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in October 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
North Dakota 3.2% 0.0 +0.4

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 2,354 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 11,038 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,365. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 13,403 +43 +1,973

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 3.2% 13,403
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
November 2015 5.0% 2.7% 11,078
October 2015 5.0% 2.7% 11,108
September 2015 5.1% 2.7% 11,163
August 2015 5.1% 2.7% 11,244
July 2015 5.3% 2.7% 11,337
June 2015 5.3% 2.8% 11,412