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Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fargo fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Fargo peaked in April 2020 at 7.7% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Fargo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
North Dakota 4.7% +0.2 +2.4
Fargo 3.5% 0.0 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 10,703. There are now 5,688 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,524 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 491. Fargo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fargo, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Fargo 5,015 +12 +2,069

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fargo, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployment Rate
Fargo
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 3.5% 5,015
January
2021
6.3% 4.5% 3.5% 5,003
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.1% 4,524
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.5% 4,921
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 3.5% 4,937
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 3.5% 4,928
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 4.2% 5,922
July
2020
10.2% 6.2% 5.4% 7,596
June
2020
11.1% 6.2% 6.3% 8,936
May
2020
13.3% 8.7% 7.7% 10,640
April
2020
14.8% 8.7% 7.7% 10,703

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.