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 2021 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 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 7.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Minnesota 4.0% -0.1 -7.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 227,393 fewer people unemployed in the state. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 120,869 -2,289 -227,393

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 4.0% 120,869
April 2021 6.1% 4.1% 123,158
March 2021 6.0% 4.2% 126,006
February 2021 6.2% 4.4% 133,550
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