Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Minnesota peaked in May 2020 at 9.9% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Minnesota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Minnesota 4.4% -0.2 +1.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minnesota peaked in May 2020 at 302,966. There are now 169,184 fewer people unemployed in the state. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 133,782 -3,557 +31,854

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Minnesota from 1990 to November 2020

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 4.4% 133,782
October 2020 6.9% 4.6% 137,339
September 2020 7.8% 5.9% 181,932
August 2020 8.4% 7.4% 230,631
July 2020 10.2% 7.6% 236,547
June 2020 11.1% 8.6% 267,978
May 2020 13.3% 9.9% 302,966
April 2020 14.8% 8.7% 266,971
March 2020 4.4% 2.9% 88,826
February 2020 3.5% 3.1% 96,125
January 2020 3.5% 3.2% 98,778