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Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bismarck fell 1.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Bismarck peaked in April 2020 at 9.5% and is now 1.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bismarck unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
North Dakota 9.1% 0.0 +6.7
Bismarck 8.2% -1.3 +5.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bismarck, North Dakota, National

Bismarck, North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bismarck peaked in April 2020 at 6,395. There are now 928 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bismarck employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bismarck, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bismarck 5,467 -928 +3,708

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 9.1% 8.2% 5,467
April
2020
14.7% 9.1% 9.5% 6,395
March
2020
4.4% 2.0% 2.3% 1,568
February
2020
3.5% 2.2% 2.4% 1,614
January
2020
3.6% 2.3% 2.4% 1,630
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.4% 1,617
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.4% 1,636
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.4% 1,654
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.5% 1,672
August
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.5% 1,688
July
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.5% 1,705

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.