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St. Cloud, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Cloud rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in St Cloud peaked in March 2009 at 8.1% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare St Cloud unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Minnesota 2.8% 0.0 -0.5
St Cloud 2.9% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: St Cloud, Minnesota, National

St Cloud, Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

St Cloud, Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in St Cloud peaked in March 2009 at 8,749. There are now 5,415 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,203 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 131. St Cloud employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Cloud, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
St Cloud 3,334 +130 -408

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Cloud, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
St Cloud
Unemployment Rate
St Cloud
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.9% 3,334
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 3,204
August
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.8% 3,203
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.8% 3,218
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 3.0% 3,367
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.1% 3,532
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.3% 3,787
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.2% 3,632
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 3.3% 3,702
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.4% 3,818
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.5% 3,918

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.