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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2017 to 2.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in April 2009 at 4.5% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
North Dakota 2.5% +0.1 -0.5
Fargo 2.2% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Fargo, North Dakota, National

Fargo, North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Fargo peaked in May 2009 at 5,429. There are now 2,338 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,012 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 79. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,091 -63 -420

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 2.5% 2.2% 3,091
September
2017
4.2% 2.4% 2.3% 3,154
August
2017
4.4% 2.3% 2.2% 3,112
July
2017
4.3% 2.3% 2.2% 3,012
June
2017
4.4% 2.3% 2.2% 3,059
May
2017
4.3% 2.5% 2.3% 3,169
April
2017
4.4% 2.7% 2.5% 3,433
March
2017
4.5% 2.8% 2.6% 3,581
February
2017
4.7% 3.0% 2.7% 3,730
January
2017
4.8% 3.0% 2.7% 3,695
December
2016
4.7% 3.0% 2.7% 3,672

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.