Department of Numbers

North Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Dakota rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Dakota peaked in April 2020 at 8.7% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
North Dakota 4.7% +0.2 +2.4

Note: All comparisons are made with February data as March state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Dakota peaked in May 2020 at 35,724. There are now 16,723 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 18,244 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 757. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 19,001 +757 +9,733

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Dakota from 1990 to February 2021

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 4.7% 19,001
January 2021 6.3% 4.5% 18,244
December 2020 6.7% 4.7% 18,986
November 2020 6.7% 4.7% 18,959
October 2020 6.9% 4.7% 18,933
September 2020 7.8% 4.7% 18,965
August 2020 8.4% 6.1% 24,889
July 2020 10.2% 6.2% 25,054
June 2020 11.1% 6.2% 25,175
May 2020 13.3% 8.7% 35,724
April 2020 14.8% 8.7% 35,580