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Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bismarck fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Bismarck peaked in April 2020 at 9.0% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bismarck unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
North Dakota 3.9% -0.1 -2.3
Bismarck 3.5% -0.1 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 6,160. There are now 3,664 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bismarck 2,496 -19 -908

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.9% 3.5% 2,496
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 3.6% 2,515
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 3.6% 2,509
April
2021
6.1% 4.2% 3.7% 2,577
March
2021
6.0% 4.4% 3.8% 2,667
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 4.5% 3,219
January
2021
6.3% 4.5% 4.1% 2,898
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.8% 2,690
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.9% 2,771
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 3.7% 2,607
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 4.0% 2,775

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.