Overall unemployment rate moved up to 2.9% with the biggest shift in Government, which lost 400 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the Duluth, MN-WI market declined by 764 jobs in August and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 10 bps to 2.9%. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • Duluth, MN-WI unemployment rate is 89 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 60 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in August versus prior month by 2.6% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Duluth, MN-WI Unemployment August 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.4%. Key sectors include:

  • Education & Healthcare: 30,900; +100
  • Transportation & Utilities: 24,600; no change
  • Government: 21,900; -400
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 15,100; -100
  • Construction, Mining: 11,600; no change
  • Manufacturing: 8,500; no change
  • Business Services: 8,400; no change
  • Other Jobs: 6,000; -100
  • Financial Services: 5,000; no change
  • IT & Development: 1,000; no change
Duluth, MN-WI Unemployment by Industry August 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through August 2022 (Data published September 2022 and reports created on September 28, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.