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Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Duluth rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2022 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Duluth peaked in May 2020 at 13.9% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Duluth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Minnesota 1.8% 0.0 -1.5
Duluth 2.7% +0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 data as August 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 19,474. There are now 15,670 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,738 in June 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 66. Duluth employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Duluth, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Duluth 3,804 +66 -1,566

Number of Unemployed Persons

Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 1.8% 2.7% 3,804
June
2022
3.6% 1.8% 2.6% 3,738
May
2022
3.6% 2.0% 2.6% 3,747
April
2022
3.6% 2.2% 2.7% 3,805
March
2022
3.6% 2.5% 2.9% 4,097
February
2022
3.8% 2.7% 3.1% 4,344
January
2022
4.0% 2.9% 3.3% 4,660
December
2021
3.9% 3.0% 3.5% 4,825
November
2021
4.2% 3.1% 3.5% 4,826
October
2021
4.6% 3.1% 3.5% 4,868
September
2021
4.7% 3.2% 3.6% 5,016

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.