Department of Numbers

Minnesota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Minnesota rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2019 to 3.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
Minnesota 3.2% +0.1 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Minnesota, National

Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 137,408 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 85,598 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,973. Minnesota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Minnesota 98,571 +3,974 +6,039

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployed
March 2019 3.8% 3.2% 98,571
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
October 2018 3.8% 2.8% 87,146
September 2018 3.7% 2.8% 86,169
August 2018 3.8% 2.8% 85,598
July 2018 3.9% 2.8% 85,965
June 2018 4.0% 2.8% 87,260
May 2018 3.8% 2.9% 89,001
April 2018 3.9% 3.0% 90,876