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Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Duluth fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Duluth peaked in June 2009 at 9.6% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Duluth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Minnesota 3.2% 0.0 -0.3
Duluth 3.8% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 8,554 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Duluth employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Duluth, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Duluth 5,606 -58 -1,245

Number of Unemployed Persons

Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 3.1%
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.8% 5,606
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.9% 5,664
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 4.0% 5,885
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 4.1% 6,046
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 4.5% 6,487
November
2017
4.1% 3.3% 4.4% 6,345
October
2017
4.1% 3.3% 4.3% 6,139
September
2017
4.2% 3.3% 4.4% 6,289
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 4.5% 6,489
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 4.5% 6,402
June
2017
4.3% 3.4% 4.5% 6,430

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.