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Grand Forks, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Forks fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Forks peaked in September 2011 at 5.0% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Grand Forks 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
Grand Forks 2.8% 0.0 0.0
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: Grand Forks, North Dakota, National

Grand Forks, North Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Grand Forks, North Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Grand Forks peaked in September 2011 at 2,740. There are now 1,172 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,480 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 88. Grand Forks employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Forks 1,568 +22 +5

Number of Unemployed Persons

Grand Forks, North Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Grand Forks
Unemployment Rate
Grand Forks
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 1,568
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.8% 1,546
August
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.7% 1,502
July
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.7% 1,525
June
2018
4.0% 2.6% 2.6% 1,486
May
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.6% 1,480
April
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.7% 1,505
March
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.6% 1,489
February
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.8% 1,553
January
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.8% 1,587
December
2017
4.1% 2.6% 2.9% 1,608

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.