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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in March 2009 at 4.5% and is now 1.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
North Dakota 2.6% 0.0 -0.4
Fargo 2.9% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 5,471. There are now 1,960 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,453 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 58. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,511 +58 -985

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 2.6%
February
2014
6.7% 2.6% 2.9% 3,511
January
2014
6.6% 2.6% 2.9% 3,453
December
2013
6.7% 2.7% 3.0% 3,513
November
2013
7.0% 2.7% 3.0% 3,569
October
2013
7.2% 2.8% 3.0% 3,592
September
2013
7.2% 2.8% 3.1% 3,740
August
2013
7.2% 2.9% 3.3% 3,919
July
2013
7.3% 2.9% 3.4% 4,092
June
2013
7.5% 2.9% 3.5% 4,212
May
2013
7.5% 3.0% 3.7% 4,411
April
2013
7.5% 3.0% 3.8% 4,519
March
2013
7.5% 3.0% 3.7% 4,437

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.