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 October 2018 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 1.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see North Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
North Dakota 2.8% +0.1 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: North Dakota, National

North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2018

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 4,621 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 10,301 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 802. North Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
North Dakota 11,103 +155 +180

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Dakota from 1990 to October 2018

North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 2.8% 11,103
September 2018 3.7% 2.7% 10,948
August 2018 3.9% 2.6% 10,727
July 2018 3.9% 2.6% 10,630
June 2018 4.0% 2.6% 10,641
May 2018 3.8% 2.6% 10,666
April 2018 3.9% 2.6% 10,780
March 2018 4.1% 2.6% 10,751
February 2018 4.1% 2.6% 10,938
January 2018 4.1% 2.6% 10,938
December 2017 4.1% 2.6% 10,905
November 2017 4.1% 2.6% 10,932