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North Dakota's unemployment rate climbs mildly in June

The not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in North Dakota increased by one-half a percentage-point from May to June.

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The Job Service North Dakota office just off 13th Avenue in south Fargo is seen Thursday, July 22, 2020. David Samson / The Forum
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BISMARCK — Job Service North Dakota reported that the state's unemployment rate was 2.6% in the month of June.

That figure represents the not-seasonally-adjusted rate. The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate came in at 2.5% for June, closely mirroring the not-seasonally-adjusted figure.

The 2.6% mark was marginally higher than May's figure. The not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for May was 2.1%.

North Dakota's top three metro areas — Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks — all posted year-over-year increases in employment. Fargo led the way, adding 3,700 jobs. Employment in Grand Forks rose by 1,400 jobs over the past year, while Bismarck's number climbed by 1,000.

In terms of seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate, neighboring Minnesota's 1.8% figure led the nation. It's a historically-low figure, Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove reported .


The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Minnesota fell to 1.8% for June, compared with a 3.6% jobless figure nationally.

The jobless rate remains low across the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the nationwide unemployment rate is 3.6%. Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and New Hampshire also joined Minnesota in setting an all-time low unemployment rates in their respective states. North Dakota ranked ninth among the 50 states, Job Service said.

The nation's highest unemployment rate was reported in Washington, D.C., where the rate was 5.5%.

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