Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2019 to 3.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
Minnesota 3.2% -0.1 +0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minnesota peaked in June 2009 at 235,979. There are now 134,730 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 85,598 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,651. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 101,249 -2,227 +15,080

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Minnesota from 1990 to September 2019

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
October 2019 3.6%
September 2019 3.5% 3.2% 101,249
August 2019 3.7% 3.3% 103,476
July 2019 3.7% 3.4% 104,584
June 2019 3.7% 3.3% 103,554
May 2019 3.6% 3.3% 102,582
April 2019 3.6% 3.3% 101,003
March 2019 3.8% 3.2% 98,635
February 2019 3.8% 3.1% 94,597
January 2019 4.0% 3.0% 91,903
December 2018 3.9% 2.9% 87,942
November 2018 3.7% 2.9% 87,840