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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in April 2020 at 8.3% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
North Dakota 3.2% -0.1 -1.5
Fargo 2.5% -0.2 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 11,475. There are now 7,825 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 November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,650 -152 -1,372

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.2% 2.5% 3,650
October
2021
4.6% 3.3% 2.7% 3,802
September
2021
4.7% 3.5% 2.7% 3,910
August
2021
5.2% 3.6% 2.8% 3,986
July
2021
5.4% 3.9% 2.8% 3,957
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 3.2% 4,561
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 3.1% 4,484
April
2021
6.0% 4.2% 3.2% 4,548
March
2021
6.0% 4.4% 3.2% 4,542
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 3.9% 5,460
January
2021
6.4% 4.5% 3.4% 4,850

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.