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The Labor Market Information Center recently released the Education Profile. This new report summarizes broad trends in K-12 and postsecondary education data including enrollment counts, graduates and graduation rates, and postsecondary program completions by field of degree. Also included are data on the average annual earnings and employment status of North Dakota's population ages 25 and higher by educational attainment and field of degree.


The Labor Market Information Center has released the November 2014 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from Job Service North Dakota’s labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 24,226 open and available positions in November 2014. Openings were lower by 3.7 percent (-928) over the prior month but 19.8 percent higher (+4,006) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.


The Labor Market Information Center has posted 2nd quarter (Apr-Jun) 2014 employment and wages by industry to NDWIN. The data are compiled using results from quarterly contribution reports and disseminated through the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program—a near-census count of all the state’s employers and jobs and considered the most accurate source for detailed employment and wage information by industry for the state, its regions and counties. Employers report the number of employees they have on their payroll for each month of a quarter along with total quarterly wage compensation. In Q2 2014, North Dakota's total employment rose 4.4 percent on a year-over-year basis to 445,703, an increase of 18,705 jobs. Average weekly wages were $936, higher by 5.5 percent from a year ago. Of the major industry categories, the largest private sector employment increases occurred in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction (+3,335), Construction (+2,578), and Retail Trade (+2,118). No year-over-year declines were reported in the major industry categories. Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction reported the highest average weekly wage of any major industry at $1,979, higher by 7.3 percent over the year. For a detailed summary of the Q2 2014 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.


The Labor Market Information Center recently released the 2013 edition of the Benefits Guide. Benefits have become an increasingly important component of an employee's total compensation package and employers are using benefits as a tool to improve retention and recruitment and to determine competitiveness across industries. The Labor Market Information Center conducts a benefits survey in which North Dakota business establishments are asked to provide information about specific benefit offerings and options such as paid-time-off, health insurance, and retirement. The survey results are published at the statewide level and by 20 major industries and cover both full-time and part-time employment.


The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released preliminary annual 2013 metro and county personal income data. Of the nation's 381 metro areas, per capita personal income growth slowed in 328, accelerated in 51, and remained unchanged in two. On average, metro per capita personal income rose 1.1 percent in 2013, after growing 4.4 percent in 2012. All three of North Dakota’s metro areas reported negative per capita personal income growth between 2012 and 2013. Grand Forks ranked 381 (-2.6 percent), Fargo ranked 380 (-2.0 percent), and Bismarck ranked 367 (-0.6 percent). Per capita personal income in the nonmetro portion of North Dakota decreased by 8.2 percent. Of North Dakota's 53 counties, five recorded per capita personal incomes above $75,000, all oil production nonmetro counties. Williams County had the highest 2013 per capita personal income in North Dakota at $115,897. For more information, please visit the BEA website.


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Jobs Report

November 21, 2014

Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in October 2014. Employers reported an estimated 22,400 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.9 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page.

North Dakota Employment Estimates
Year-Over-Year Percent Change
October 2013 - October 2014

Graph showing North Dakota's Employment Change Year-over-Year by Month

Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics

November 21, 2014

Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s October 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.1 percent, unchanged from the prior month but higher than the 2.0 percent rate reported one year ago. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.8 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

North Dakota Unemployment Rate
Not Seasonally Adjusted
October 2013 - October 2014

Graph showing the Monthly Unemployment Rate

County Unemployment Rates
Not Seasonally Adjusted
OCTOBER 2014

Map of North Dakota showing County Unemployment Rates PDF Download PDF Version

Initial Claims Data

This report highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Initial Claims Data page.

County Initial Claims
Year-Over-Year Numeric Change
October 2013 - October 2014

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