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North Dakota's unemployment rate up slightly in December

The non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rose from 2.5% in November to 2.8% in December.

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BISMARCK - The non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in North Dakota increased slightly from November to December, Job Service North Dakota reported Tuesday, Jan. 25.

December's rate was 2.8%, while October's figure was 2.5%. The number of unemployed individuals in the state rose by 993, an increase of 9.9%. North Dakota typically sees a considerable increase in unemployment numbers between November and December.

December 2020’s rate was 2.0 percentage points higher than the current rate.

There was an over-the-year decrease (December 2020 to December 2021) in the unemployed labor force of 7,987, a loss of 42.1%.

The national non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for December was 3.7%. It was 3.9% the prior month and 6.5% the prior year.

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The nation’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9% for the month, lower than the prior month by 0.3 of a percentage point, and 2.8 percentage points lower than the same period one year ago. The seasonally adjusted rate for North Dakota was 3.1%, 0.1 of a percentage point lower than the prior month, and 1.6 percentage points lower than the same period one year ago. The seasonal adjustment process uses a statistical adjustment to accommodate predictable fluctuations between months such as length of daylight and typical weather, allowing for comparison between all months of a year.

In December, North Dakota ranked 12th among all states’ unemployment rates, at 3.1%. Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota tied with North Dakota. Nebraska came in first place with an unemployment rate of 1.7%.

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