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Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Duluth fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Duluth peaked in May 2020 at 12.9% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Duluth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Minnesota 4.3% -0.2 +1.0
Duluth 4.3% -0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 May 2020 at 18,541. There are now 12,514 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Duluth employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Duluth, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Duluth 6,027 -34 +128

Number of Unemployed Persons

Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.3% 4.3% 6,027
January
2021
6.3% 4.5% 4.4% 6,061
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 5.7% 7,869
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 5.8% 7,938
October
2020
6.9% 5.3% 6.1% 8,302
September
2020
7.8% 5.8% 7.1% 9,810
August
2020
8.4% 6.6% 8.8% 12,373
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 9.1% 12,633
June
2020
11.1% 8.9% 10.4% 14,788
May
2020
13.3% 11.3% 12.9% 18,541
April
2020
14.8% 9.0% 12.3% 17,679

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.