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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 2.6%. 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 April 2009 at 4.5% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
North Dakota 2.6% 0.0 +0.1
Fargo 2.6% +0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 1,775 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 558. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 3,654 +188 +407

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 2.6%
April
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.6% 3,654
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
November
2017
4.1% 2.6% 2.4% 3,341
October
2017
4.1% 2.6% 2.4% 3,251
September
2017
4.2% 2.6% 2.3% 3,188
August
2017
4.4% 2.6% 2.3% 3,147
July
2017
4.3% 2.5% 2.2% 3,109
June
2017
4.3% 2.5% 2.2% 3,096

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.