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Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bismarck fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Bismarck peaked in January 2009 at 4.0% and is now 1.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Bismarck unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
North Dakota 2.3% -0.1 0.0
Bismarck 2.5% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2020 data as February 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 January 2009 at 2,566. There are now 880 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 January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bismarck 1,686 -32 -95

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployed
March
2020
4.4%
February
2020
3.5% 2.2%
January
2020
3.6% 2.3% 2.5% 1,686
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.5% 1,718
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.6% 1,752
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.6% 1,747
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.6% 1,747
August
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.6% 1,754
July
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.6% 1,770
June
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.6% 1,790
May
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.6% 1,798
April
2019
3.6% 2.3% 2.7% 1,810

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.