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Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Minneapolis rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2020 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Minneapolis peaked in June 2009 at 8.0% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Minneapolis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Minnesota 2.9% -0.2 -0.3
Minneapolis 2.9% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 150,204. There are now 92,352 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 51,138 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,714. Minneapolis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Minneapolis 57,852 -21 -2,139

Number of Unemployed Persons

Minneapolis, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployment Rate
Minneapolis
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 8.1%
March
2020
4.4% 2.9% 2.9% 57,852
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
September
2019
3.5% 3.2% 3.0% 60,055
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.9% 59,214
July
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.9% 58,634
June
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.9% 58,446
May
2019
3.6% 3.2% 2.9% 58,808

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.