Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Minnesota peaked in May 2009 at 8.0% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Minnesota 3.1% -0.1 -0.4

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minnesota peaked in June 2009 at 235,979. There are now 138,601 fewer people unemployed in the state. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 97,378 -1,788 -8,641

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Minnesota from 1990 to May 2018

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
May 2018 3.8% 3.1% 97,378
April 2018 3.9% 3.2% 99,166
March 2018 4.1% 3.2% 99,108
February 2018 4.1% 3.2% 99,826
January 2018 4.1% 3.3% 100,677
December 2017 4.1% 3.3% 101,630
November 2017 4.1% 3.3% 101,459
October 2017 4.1% 3.3% 101,388
September 2017 4.2% 3.3% 102,040
August 2017 4.4% 3.4% 102,981
July 2017 4.3% 3.4% 103,898
June 2017 4.3% 3.4% 104,809