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Grand Forks, North Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Grand Forks fell 0.8 percentage points in July 2020 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Forks peaked in May 2020 at 8.7% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Grand Forks unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
North Dakota 6.6% -0.8 +4.2
Grand Forks 5.7% -0.8 +3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 May 2020 at 4,605. There are now 1,488 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Grand Forks employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Forks 3,117 -468 +1,659

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
August
2020
8.4%
July
2020
10.2% 6.6% 5.7% 3,117
June
2020
11.1% 7.4% 6.5% 3,585
May
2020
13.3% 9.1% 8.7% 4,605
April
2020
14.7% 9.1% 8.1% 4,370
March
2020
4.4% 2.0% 2.4% 1,313
February
2020
3.5% 2.2% 2.5% 1,347
January
2020
3.6% 2.3% 2.6% 1,381
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.7% 1,425
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.7% 1,426
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.7% 1,430
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.7% 1,437

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.