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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2014 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in April 2009 at 4.5% and is now 1.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in August 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
North Dakota 2.8% 0.0 0.0
Fargo 2.8% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 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 April 2009 at 5,451. There are now 1,976 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,389 in August 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 86. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,475 +61 -162

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8% 2.7%
October
2014
5.8% 2.8% 2.8% 3,475
September
2014
5.9% 2.8% 2.8% 3,414
August
2014
6.1% 2.8% 2.7% 3,389
July
2014
6.2% 2.8% 2.8% 3,480
June
2014
6.1% 2.7% 2.8% 3,425
May
2014
6.3% 2.6% 2.8% 3,434
April
2014
6.3% 2.5% 2.8% 3,413
March
2014
6.7% 2.6% 2.8% 3,450
February
2014
6.7% 2.6% 2.9% 3,509
January
2014
6.6% 2.6% 2.9% 3,474
December
2013
6.7% 2.7% 2.9% 3,535
November
2013
7.0% 2.7% 3.0% 3,582

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.