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North Dakota’s unemployment rate 1.9% for September
Job Service ND reported that labor statistics released today show North Dakota’s September not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 1.9 percent.  The rate is 0.3 of a percentage point lower than prior month, and 0.5 of a percentage point lower than the same period one year ago. The national rate was 4.1 percent. Marcia Goetz, Labor Market Information Manager stated, “September rates have historically shown a drop from prior month. This drop occurs as many who entered the labor market during the summer months, exit the labor market in the fall. Many of those exiting were students returning to school.”

The nation’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent for the month, lower than the prior month and lower than the same period one year ago.  The seasonally adjusted rate for North Dakota was 2.4 percent, 0.1 of a percentage point higher the prior month and
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. Seasonal adjustment allows for comparison between all months of a year.

Notes:
1. The unemployment rate is the percent age of
people actively seeking work compared to those in
the labor force (employed plus unemployed).
2. Data are subject to revision.
3. The Job Service North Dakota Labor Market
Information Center produced these statistics using
the u.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ nationallyrequired
standard methodology.
4. County and substate areas will be posted
on 10-25-2017 to the Labor Market Information
web site: www.ndworkforceintelligence.com.

 
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