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 December 2015 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 2.3 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 1.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in November 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
North Dakota 2.7% 0.0 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

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 4,474 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 11,177 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 106. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 11,283 +106 -432

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Dakota from 1990 to December 2015

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 2.7% 11,283
November 2015 5.0% 2.7% 11,177
October 2015 5.0% 2.8% 11,311
September 2015 5.1% 2.8% 11,545
August 2015 5.1% 2.9% 11,802
July 2015 5.3% 3.0% 12,290
June 2015 5.3% 3.1% 12,862
May 2015 5.5% 3.1% 13,146
April 2015 5.4% 3.1% 13,017
March 2015 5.5% 3.1% 13,012
February 2015 5.5% 2.9% 12,413