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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 July 2021 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the North Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Grand Forks peaked in May 2020 at 9.0% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in March 2021, 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
North Dakota 3.9% -0.1 -2.3
Grand Forks 3.8% 0.0 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 4,821. There are now 2,837 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,848 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 136. Grand Forks employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Grand Forks 1,984 +9 -923

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
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.9% 3.8% 1,984
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 3.8% 1,975
May
2021
5.8% 4.0% 3.7% 1,915
April
2021
6.1% 4.2% 3.6% 1,877
March
2021
6.0% 4.4% 3.6% 1,848
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 4.1% 2,142
January
2021
6.3% 4.5% 4.2% 2,144
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.1% 2,171
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.2% 2,204
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.2% 2,240
September
2020
7.8% 4.7% 4.3% 2,258

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.