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Forum staff reports, Published January 28 2014

December jobless rates in ND down from 2012

BISMARCK – Labor statistics released by Job Service North Dakota show the state’s nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 2.7 percent in December, down from 3.3 percent at the same time last year.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6 percent in December, compared to 3.2 percent in December 2012.

The seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate stood at 6.7 percent in December. That was down from a year ago, when the rate was 7.9 percent

North Dakota’s nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.7 percent in December was an increase from November, when the number was 2.3 percent.

“The December unemployment rate reflects a normal uptick related to seasonal patterns,” said Michael Ziesch, labor market information co-manager for Job Service North Dakota.

Ziesch said colder than normal periods during the month also affected outside activities.

He added that North Dakota’s unemployment rate remained below average in December.