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Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Duluth rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.1%. 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 9.4% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Duluth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Minnesota 3.3% -0.1 +0.5
Duluth 4.1% +0.1 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 July 2009 at 13,853. There are now 8,029 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,137 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 687. Duluth employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Duluth, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Duluth 5,824 +86 +687

Number of Unemployed Persons

Duluth, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployment Rate
Duluth
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.2%
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 4.1% 5,824
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 4.0% 5,738
June
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.9% 5,656
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.9% 5,657
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.9% 5,661
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.9% 5,645
February
2019
3.8% 3.1% 3.9% 5,581
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 3.9% 5,526
December
2018
3.9% 2.9% 3.7% 5,333
November
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.7% 5,324
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.7% 5,270

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.