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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 August 2019 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Forks peaked in August 2011 at 4.9% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Grand Forks unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
North Dakota 2.4% 0.0 -0.2
Grand Forks 2.7% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 2,711. There are now 1,236 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,424 in March 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 51. Grand Forks employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Forks 1,475 -20 +2

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
September
2019
3.5% 2.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.7% 1,475
July
2019
3.7% 2.4% 2.7% 1,495
June
2019
3.7% 2.3% 2.7% 1,471
May
2019
3.6% 2.3% 2.7% 1,455
April
2019
3.6% 2.3% 2.6% 1,426
March
2019
3.8% 2.3% 2.6% 1,424
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.6% 1,437
January
2019
4.0% 2.5% 2.7% 1,450
December
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.7% 1,452
November
2018
3.7% 2.6% 2.7% 1,451
October
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.7% 1,452

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.