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Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bismarck fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.6%. 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 1.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bismarck unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
North Dakota 2.4% +0.1 -0.2
Bismarck 2.6% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 January 2009 at 2,566. There are now 796 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,716 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 54. Bismarck employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bismarck, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Bismarck 1,770 -20 -94

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.4%
July
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.6% 1,770
June
2019
3.7% 2.3% 2.6% 1,790
May
2019
3.6% 2.3% 2.6% 1,798
April
2019
3.6% 2.3% 2.7% 1,810
March
2019
3.8% 2.3% 2.7% 1,807
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.6% 1,786
January
2019
4.0% 2.5% 2.6% 1,781
December
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.7% 1,790
November
2018
3.7% 2.6% 2.7% 1,787
October
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.6% 1,780

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.