Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Minnesota peaked in May 2020 at 11.3% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Minnesota 4.3% -0.2 +1.0

Note: All comparisons are made with February data as March state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minnesota peaked in May 2020 at 348,262. There are now 218,519 fewer people unemployed in the state. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 129,743 -6,215 +26,175

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Minnesota from 1990 to February 2021

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 4.3% 129,743
January 2021 6.3% 4.5% 135,958
December 2020 6.7% 4.7% 143,923
November 2020 6.7% 5.0% 151,951
October 2020 6.9% 5.3% 163,759
September 2020 7.8% 5.8% 180,491
August 2020 8.4% 6.6% 204,317
July 2020 10.2% 7.6% 237,784
June 2020 11.1% 8.9% 283,928
May 2020 13.3% 11.3% 348,262
April 2020 14.8% 9.0% 272,406