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 January 2020 to 2.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 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 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in January 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
North Dakota 2.3% -0.1 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

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 6,396 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 9,305 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 23. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 9,328 -301 -44

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Dakota from 1990 to January 2020

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 2.3% 9,328
December 2019 3.5% 2.4% 9,629
November 2019 3.5% 2.4% 9,639
October 2019 3.6% 2.4% 9,696
September 2019 3.5% 2.4% 9,788
August 2019 3.7% 2.4% 9,854
July 2019 3.7% 2.4% 9,854
June 2019 3.7% 2.4% 9,769
May 2019 3.6% 2.4% 9,624
April 2019 3.6% 2.3% 9,468
March 2019 3.8% 2.3% 9,346