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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in April 2009 at 4.5% and is now 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
North Dakota 3.0% -0.1 +0.3
Fargo 2.5% -0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 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 1,979 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,080 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 370. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,450 -86 +365

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 3.0% 2.5% 3,450
September
2016
5.0% 3.1% 2.6% 3,536
August
2016
4.9% 3.1% 2.5% 3,423
July
2016
4.9% 3.2% 2.4% 3,335
June
2016
4.9% 3.2% 2.5% 3,377
May
2016
4.7% 3.2% 2.5% 3,367
April
2016
5.0% 3.2% 2.5% 3,415
March
2016
5.0% 3.1% 2.6% 3,532
February
2016
4.9% 2.9% 2.5% 3,328
January
2016
4.9% 2.8% 2.4% 3,296
December
2015
5.0% 2.7% 2.3% 3,113

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.