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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2021 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in April 2020 at 8.3% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
North Dakota 3.6% -0.3 -2.5
Fargo 2.8% 0.0 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 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 April 2020 at 11,475. There are now 7,514 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,957 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,961 +4 -2,600

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 3.6% 2.8% 3,961
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
6.1% 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
6.3% 4.5% 3.4% 4,850
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.5% 4,954
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.5% 5,022
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 3.6% 5,099

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.