BISMARCK — The non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in North Dakota stood at 2.6% in September, Job Service North Dakota reported Friday, Oct. 22.

The rate was lower than August's 3.2% mark and down 1.5 percentage points from September 2020.

Between August and September, unemployment in the state decreased by 2,551, a 19.6% drop. North Dakota's unemployment numbers tend to decrease between August and September, Job Service North Dakota said.

Nationwide, the non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6% for September, while the seasonally-adjusted rate was 4.8%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California and Nevada had the highest seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates in the nation at 7.5% each while Nebraska and Utah had seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates of 2%, the nation's lowest.

North Dakota's neighbors also fell on the low end of the country's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates. South Dakota's rate was 2.9% while Montana's and Minnesota's rates were 3.3% and 3.7%, respectively. North Dakota's seasonally-adjusted rate was 3.5%

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The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate takes into account the length of daylight and typical weather to allow for a comparison between all months of the year, Job Service North Dakota explained.

In North Dakota's three largest metro areas — Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks — employment rose by 8,000 jobs.

Of the three, Fargo reported 5,900 new jobs. The state's largest city saw the greatest gains in the leisure and hospitality; mining, logging and construction; government; transportation, warehousing and utilities industries.

Statewide, the educational and health services field showed the greatest decrease in employment, largely due to a loss of 700 jobs in nursing and residential care facilities.

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