Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2020 to 7.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Minnesota peaked in May 2020 at 9.9% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Minnesota 7.4% -0.2 +4.2

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minnesota peaked in May 2020 at 302,966. There are now 71,367 fewer people unemployed in the state. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 231,599 -4,948 +131,319

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Minnesota from 1990 to August 2020

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
August 2020 8.4% 7.4% 231,599
July 2020 10.2% 7.6% 236,547
June 2020 11.1% 8.6% 267,978
May 2020 13.3% 9.9% 302,966
April 2020 14.7% 8.7% 266,971
March 2020 4.4% 2.9% 88,826
February 2020 3.5% 3.1% 96,125
January 2020 3.6% 3.2% 98,778
December 2019 3.5% 3.3% 101,893
November 2019 3.5% 3.3% 101,928
October 2019 3.6% 3.3% 101,771
September 2019 3.5% 3.2% 101,076