Department of Numbers

North Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Dakota rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.4%. 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 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 July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
North Dakota 2.4% +0.1 -0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 6,038 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 9,339 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 347. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 9,686 +168 -927

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 2.4% 9,686
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
January 2019 4.0% 2.5% 9,961
December 2018 3.9% 2.6% 10,295
November 2018 3.7% 2.6% 10,305
October 2018 3.8% 2.6% 10,343
September 2018 3.7% 2.6% 10,438