Department of Numbers

North Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Dakota fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Dakota peaked in April 2020 at 9.1% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in September 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
North Dakota 4.5% -0.2 +2.1

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

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Dakota peaked in April 2020 at 36,905. There are now 18,969 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 17,310 in September 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 626. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 17,936 -923 +8,297

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 4.5% 17,936
October 2020 6.9% 4.7% 18,859
September 2020 7.8% 4.4% 17,310
August 2020 8.4% 5.0% 20,053
July 2020 10.2% 6.6% 26,609
June 2020 11.1% 7.4% 29,833
May 2020 13.3% 9.1% 36,540
April 2020 14.8% 9.1% 36,905
March 2020 4.4% 2.0% 8,125
February 2020 3.5% 2.2% 9,037
January 2020 3.5% 2.3% 9,335