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Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Minneapolis fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Minneapolis peaked in June 2009 at 8.0% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Minneapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Minnesota 3.1% -0.1 -0.4
Minneapolis 2.7% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 July 2009 at 151,179. There are now 97,334 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Minneapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Minneapolis 53,845 -4,538 -10,177

Number of Unemployed Persons

Minneapolis, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.7% 53,845
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 2.9% 58,383
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 2.9% 57,637
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 2.9% 57,835
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 2.9% 58,158
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.1% 61,663
November
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.0% 60,070
October
2017
4.1% 3.3% 2.9% 58,682
September
2017
4.2% 3.3% 3.0% 60,653
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 3.1% 62,794
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.1% 62,373

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.