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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in April 2009 at 4.5% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
North Dakota 3.1% 0.0 +0.4
Fargo 2.7% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 1,916 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,447 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 66. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,513 +66 +34

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 3.1% 2.7% 3,513
April
2015
5.4% 3.1% 2.6% 3,447
March
2015
5.5% 3.1% 2.8% 3,645
February
2015
5.5% 2.9% 2.8% 3,674
January
2015
5.7% 2.8% 2.8% 3,708
December
2014
5.6% 2.8% 2.7% 3,526
November
2014
5.8% 2.8% 2.7% 3,513
October
2014
5.7% 2.8% 2.7% 3,497
September
2014
5.9% 2.7% 2.7% 3,470
August
2014
6.1% 2.7% 2.7% 3,449
July
2014
6.2% 2.7% 2.7% 3,451
June
2014
6.1% 2.7% 2.7% 3,462

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.