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Forum staff reports, Published April 17 2010

North Dakota unemployment rate rises slightly to 4.9%

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March is 4.9 percent.

That’s up slightly from February’s 4.7 percent rate, but 0.4 percent less than the 5.3 percent rate posted in March 2009.

North Dakota continues to be considerably lower than the national rate of 10.2 percent in March, said Michael Ziesch, research analyst for Job Service North Dakota.

“Historically, February and March rates have been very similar, and this year’s uptick is normal,” Ziesch said.

In March, 17,934 North Dakotans were unemployed, and 345,890 had jobs, according to Job Service North Dakota.