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Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bismarck rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Bismarck peaked in February 2010 at 4.0% and is now 1.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Bismarck unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
North Dakota 2.6% +0.1 -0.4
Bismarck 2.6% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bismarck, North Dakota, National

Bismarck, North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bismarck peaked in March 2010 at 2,601. There are now 800 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,588 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 213. Bismarck employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bismarck, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bismarck 1,801 +86 -174

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 2.6% 2.6% 1,801
October
2017
4.1% 2.5% 2.5% 1,715
September
2017
4.2% 2.4% 2.5% 1,724
August
2017
4.4% 2.3% 2.3% 1,641
July
2017
4.3% 2.3% 2.3% 1,588
June
2017
4.3% 2.3% 2.3% 1,595
May
2017
4.3% 2.5% 2.3% 1,631
April
2017
4.4% 2.7% 2.6% 1,864
March
2017
4.5% 2.8% 2.8% 1,961
February
2017
4.7% 3.0% 2.8% 2,000
January
2017
4.8% 3.0% 2.8% 2,006

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.