Department of Numbers

North Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Dakota rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2017 to 2.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 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 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
North Dakota 2.5% +0.1 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2017

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 5,442 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 9,425 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 890. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 10,315 +391 -2,346

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Dakota from 1990 to October 2017

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
October 2017 4.1% 2.5% 10,315
September 2017 4.2% 2.4% 9,924
August 2017 4.4% 2.3% 9,527
July 2017 4.3% 2.3% 9,425
June 2017 4.4% 2.3% 9,711
May 2017 4.3% 2.5% 10,408
April 2017 4.4% 2.7% 11,406
March 2017 4.5% 2.8% 11,975
February 2017 4.7% 3.0% 12,461
January 2017 4.8% 3.0% 12,610
December 2016 4.7% 3.0% 12,603
November 2016 4.6% 3.0% 12,614