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 April 2017 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 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 2.6% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
North Dakota 2.7% -0.1 -0.6

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 4,412 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 10,938 in May 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 407. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 11,345 -630 -2,384

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
April 2017 4.4% 2.7% 11,345
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
October 2016 4.8% 3.0% 12,661
September 2016 4.9% 3.1% 12,748
August 2016 4.9% 3.1% 12,881
July 2016 4.9% 3.1% 13,078
June 2016 4.9% 3.2% 13,334
May 2016 4.7% 3.3% 13,581