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Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Duluth fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Duluth peaked in May 2020 at 14.3% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Duluth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Minnesota 4.0% -0.1 -7.3
Duluth 4.1% 0.0 -10.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 May 2020 at 20,113. There are now 14,287 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,455 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 371. Duluth employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Duluth, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Duluth 5,826 +113 -14,287

Number of Unemployed Persons

Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 4.1% 5,826
April
2021
6.1% 4.1% 4.1% 5,713
March
2021
6.0% 4.2% 3.9% 5,524
February
2021
6.2% 4.4% 3.9% 5,591
January
2021
6.3% 4.5% 3.9% 5,455
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 5.1% 7,102
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 5.5% 7,645
October
2020
6.9% 5.3% 6.0% 8,351
September
2020
7.8% 5.8% 6.6% 9,240
August
2020
8.4% 6.6% 7.5% 10,555
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 8.9% 12,572

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.