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Grand Forks, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Forks rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Forks peaked in August 2011 at 5.0% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Grand Forks unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
North Dakota 2.6% +0.1 -0.4
Grand Forks 2.8% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Grand Forks, North Dakota, National

Grand Forks, North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Grand Forks, North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Grand Forks peaked in September 2011 at 2,750. There are now 1,174 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,493 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 83. Grand Forks employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Forks 1,576 +48 -170

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Forks, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Grand Forks
Unemployment Rate
Grand Forks
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 2.6% 2.8% 1,576
October
2017
4.1% 2.5% 2.7% 1,528
September
2017
4.2% 2.4% 2.8% 1,564
August
2017
4.4% 2.3% 2.8% 1,570
July
2017
4.3% 2.3% 2.7% 1,524
June
2017
4.3% 2.3% 2.6% 1,493
May
2017
4.3% 2.5% 2.6% 1,511
April
2017
4.4% 2.7% 2.7% 1,569
March
2017
4.5% 2.8% 2.8% 1,622
February
2017
4.7% 3.0% 3.0% 1,719
January
2017
4.8% 3.0% 3.1% 1,774

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.