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Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bismarck fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2021 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Bismarck peaked in April 2020 at 9.5% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Bismarck unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.0% -0.2 +1.6
North Dakota 4.4% -0.4 +2.1
Bismarck 3.9% 0.0 +1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2021 data as April 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 3,681 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,423 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 291. Bismarck employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bismarck, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bismarck 2,714 -21 +1,146

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployed
April
2021
6.1%
March
2021
6.0% 4.4% 3.9% 2,714
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 3.9% 2,735
January
2021
6.3% 4.5% 4.1% 2,922
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.5% 2,423
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.9% 2,681
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 3.9% 2,698
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 3.7% 2,517
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 4.2% 2,851
July
2020
10.2% 6.2% 5.4% 3,641
June
2020
11.1% 6.2% 6.1% 4,127
May
2020
13.3% 8.7% 8.3% 5,485

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.