Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Minnesota 2.8% 0.0 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 149,861 fewer people unemployed in the state. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 86,118 -1,038 -15,270

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
November 2018 3.7%
October 2018 3.7% 2.8% 86,118
September 2018 3.7% 2.8% 87,156
August 2018 3.9% 2.9% 89,810
July 2018 3.9% 3.0% 93,107
June 2018 4.0% 3.1% 95,344
May 2018 3.8% 3.1% 97,479
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