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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in April 2009 at 4.5% and is now 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Fargo 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
Fargo 2.5% 0.0 +0.1
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: 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 May 2009 at 5,429. There are now 2,016 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,096 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 317. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,413 +27 +162

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.5% 3,413
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.5% 3,386
August
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.4% 3,348
July
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.4% 3,324
June
2018
4.0% 2.6% 2.5% 3,454
May
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.5% 3,476
April
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.6% 3,655
March
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.5% 3,466
February
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.5% 3,461
January
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.4% 3,387
December
2017
4.1% 2.6% 2.5% 3,408

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.