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Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Minneapolis fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2020 to 8.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Minneapolis peaked in May 2020 at 10.4% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Minneapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Minnesota 7.4% -0.2 +4.2
Minneapolis 8.2% -0.1 +5.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Minneapolis, Minnesota, National

Minneapolis, Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Minneapolis, Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Minneapolis peaked in May 2020 at 209,551. There are now 44,227 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Minneapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Minneapolis 165,324 -1,570 +106,110

Number of Unemployed Persons

Minneapolis, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9% 6.0%
August
2020
8.4% 7.4% 8.2% 165,324
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 8.3% 166,894
June
2020
11.1% 8.6% 9.1% 185,442
May
2020
13.3% 9.9% 10.4% 209,551
April
2020
14.7% 8.7% 9.4% 188,690
March
2020
4.4% 2.9% 2.8% 56,580
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.8% 57,873
January
2020
3.6% 3.2% 2.9% 59,379
December
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.1% 62,898
November
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.0% 62,022
October
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 61,031

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.