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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in May 2009 at 4.5% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
North Dakota 2.4% 0.0 -0.2
Fargo 2.4% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 5,415. There are now 2,176 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,150 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 89. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,239 -25 +25

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.4% 3,239
July
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.4% 3,264
June
2019
3.7% 2.3% 2.4% 3,245
May
2019
3.6% 2.3% 2.4% 3,242
April
2019
3.6% 2.3% 2.4% 3,215
March
2019
3.8% 2.3% 2.3% 3,179
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.3% 3,153
January
2019
4.0% 2.5% 2.3% 3,168
December
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.3% 3,182
November
2018
3.7% 2.6% 2.3% 3,178
October
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.3% 3,168

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.