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Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bismarck fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Bismarck peaked in February 2010 at 4.0% and is now 1.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Bismarck unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
North Dakota 2.8% +0.1 +0.2
Bismarck 2.9% -0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 March 2010 at 2,588. There are now 595 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,686 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 307. Bismarck employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bismarck, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bismarck 1,993 -38 +180

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bismarck, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployment Rate
Bismarck
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.9% 1,993
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 3.0% 2,031
August
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.8% 1,935
July
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.7% 1,850
June
2018
4.0% 2.6% 2.7% 1,873
May
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.8% 1,950
April
2018
3.9% 2.6% 3.0% 2,091
March
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.9% 2,002
February
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.9% 2,017
January
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.8% 1,929
December
2017
4.1% 2.6% 2.7% 1,875

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.