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Forum staff reports, Published June 18 2010

ND unemployment rate drops in May

BISMARCK – The state‘s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in May, well below the national average of 9.7 percent, Job Service North Dakota announced today.

May’s rate compares to a 3.8 percent unemployment rate in April and 4.4 percent rate in May 2009.

North Dakota’s non-seasonably adjusted rate was 3.3 percent in May, down 0.5 percent from April and considerably lower than the national rate of 9.3 percent.

“May was a relatively strong month for the state’s labor market, which was reflected in the unemployment rate improvement,” Job Service Research Analyst Michael Ziesch stated in a news release. “The state’s rate continues to be among the lowest in the nation.”