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Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Duluth fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Duluth peaked in June 2009 at 9.6% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Duluth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Minnesota 3.1% +0.1 0.0
Duluth 3.9% -0.3 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Duluth, Minnesota, National

Duluth, Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Duluth, Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Duluth peaked in June 2009 at 14,160. There are now 8,509 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,107 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 544. Duluth employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Duluth, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Duluth 5,651 -396 -234

Number of Unemployed Persons

Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.2%
February
2019
3.8% 3.1% 3.9% 5,651
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 4.2% 6,047
December
2018
3.9% 2.9% 4.0% 5,757
November
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.7% 5,306
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.7% 5,310
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.6% 5,107
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.7% 5,246
July
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.6% 5,229
June
2018
4.0% 2.8% 3.7% 5,331
May
2018
3.8% 2.9% 3.8% 5,527
April
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.8% 5,619

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.