At 3.7%, Minnesota's unemployment rate in February 2016 (seasonally adjusted) was 1.2 percentage points lower than the rate nationwide rate of 4.9%. (Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics)
In 4th quarter 2015, there was a 1-to-1 ratio between unemployed job seekers and job vacancies statewide, the lowest ratio ever on record during a 4th quarter. During the recent Great Recession, this ratio peaked at 8.2 in 4th quarter 2009. (Source: Job Vacancy Survey)
In 2014, 13% of American Indian workers and Black workers in Minnesota were unemployed, 2 to 3 times the unemployment rates for non-Hispanic White (4%) and Asian workers (6%). Additionally, 8% of Hispanics were unemployed. The overall unemployment rate for Minnesotans in 2014 was 5%. (Source: American Community Survey. More 2014 economic data in our Annual ACS Summary here)
Data for US, MN, and all available MN counties from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010-2014 American Community Survey:
The Economic Census provides a wealth of comprehensive information on industry revenues and other measures of American business performance that are available for small geographic areas up to the nation as a whole. The Economic Census is conducted every five years (most recently 2002, 2007, and 2012). Search for Economic Census data in American FactFinder.
Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW)
QCEW contains wages and employment data by industry at the state, regional, county and municipal levels. All establishments covered under the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program are required to report wage and employment statistics quarterly to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Data are available on a quarterly and annual basis. Learn more about QCEW and use the QCEW tool to obtain data on DEED's website.