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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo rose 0.1 percentage points in December 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 December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
North Dakota 2.8% 0.0 +0.1
Fargo 2.8% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 1,985 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 77. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,466 +39 -69

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 2.9%
January
2015
5.7% 2.8%
December
2014
5.6% 2.8% 2.8% 3,466
November
2014
5.8% 2.8% 2.7% 3,427
October
2014
5.7% 2.8% 2.8% 3,474
September
2014
5.9% 2.7% 2.8% 3,414
August
2014
6.1% 2.7% 2.7% 3,389
July
2014
6.2% 2.7% 2.8% 3,480
June
2014
6.1% 2.7% 2.8% 3,425
May
2014
6.3% 2.7% 2.8% 3,434
April
2014
6.2% 2.7% 2.8% 3,413

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.