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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo fell 0.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 7.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in April 2020 at 7.7% and is now 0.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
North Dakota 9.1% 0.0 +6.7
Fargo 7.1% -0.6 +4.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Fargo, North Dakota, National

Fargo, North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Fargo peaked in April 2020 at 10,703. There are now 854 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 9,849 -854 +6,628

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 6.1%
May
2020
13.3% 9.1% 7.1% 9,849
April
2020
14.7% 9.1% 7.7% 10,703
March
2020
4.4% 2.0% 2.1% 2,861
February
2020
3.5% 2.2% 2.1% 2,946
January
2020
3.6% 2.3% 2.2% 3,033
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.2% 3,066
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.2% 3,087
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.2% 3,108
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.2% 3,126
August
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.3% 3,142

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.