Department of Numbers

North Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Dakota fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2019 to 2.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Dakota peaked in April 2009 at 4.3% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
North Dakota 2.4% -0.1 -0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Dakota peaked in April 2009 at 15,724. There are now 5,888 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 9,339 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 497. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 9,836 -193 -459

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Dakota from 1990 to December 2019

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
January 2020 3.6%
December 2019 3.5% 2.4% 9,836
November 2019 3.5% 2.5% 10,029
October 2019 3.6% 2.5% 9,999
September 2019 3.5% 2.5% 9,911
August 2019 3.7% 2.4% 9,769
July 2019 3.7% 2.4% 9,687
June 2019 3.7% 2.3% 9,518
May 2019 3.6% 2.3% 9,413
April 2019 3.6% 2.3% 9,339
March 2019 3.8% 2.3% 9,420
February 2019 3.8% 2.4% 9,648