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The Labor Market Information Center has released the September 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 25,837 open and available positions in September 2014. Openings were lower by 4.1 percent (-1,092) over the prior month but 12.3 percent higher (+2,831) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

The Labor Market Information Center has just released the 2014 edition of the North Dakota Workforce Review. This publication examines population trends, labor force statistics, occupational group changes, and industry changes for either 10-year or 20-year (or both) time periods. Being several years past from the beginning of the oil boom (2006) and the start of the recession (2008), these landmark events can be studied to some extent, at least with regard to their respective short-term effects. In addition to general measures of North Dakota’s economy, this publication presents individual industry breakouts to examine figures for employment, wages, establishments, and demographic changes in slightly more detail. Although information at either county or regional levels is not included, the figures presented in this publication contribute to a useful perspective of statewide trends. The general measurements and industry-specific details are intended to provide a more nuanced understanding of how industry has developed over 20 years, and what sort of trends to expect in the future.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released second quarter (Apr-Jun) 2014 state personal income estimates. For all states, personal income grew 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2014 after increasing 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Personal income grew in all 50 states and growth accelerated in 36 of those states. Personal income results ranged from +2.7 percent in North Dakota and Nebraska to +1.1 percent in New York and Alaska. North Dakota, the state with the fastest earnings growth in the second quarter, had particularly large contributions to nonfarm earnings growth from its mining (including oil and gas extraction), construction, and transportation industries. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

The Labor Market Information Center has posted results for the 2013 largest employer reports. View North Dakota’s 50 largest statewide employers, in addition to select county listings. Updated annually, employer rankings are based on the number of monthly payroll jobs reported to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. The QCEW program uses the monthly jobs data to calculate an average annual employment number for each employer of the referenced calendar year and the results are ranked within eligible geographic areas. A county is eligible to be surveyed if its average employment levels are greater than or equal to 1,000, based on the county's latest five-year moving average.

The Labor Market Information Center has just released the 2014 edition of Careers in North Dakota. This comprehensive publication covers nearly everything you ever wanted to know about career opportunities in North Dakota including employment projections, wages, core tasks, generalized work activities, work context factors, skills, abilities, work styles, knowledge, and typical education/training requirements. Additionally, we’ve tagged those occupations that are high demand, high wage, and belong to one of five skill clusters. Links to Career Conversation videos produced by the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Youth Office for select occupations are also included. Occupations are grouped by the 16 career clusters and arranged by Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes. This publication should be used as a general guide for career exploration, not as the sole determinant of a career direction or choice.

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Jobs Report

October 21, 2014

Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in September 2014. Employers reported an estimated 22,600 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 5.0 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page.

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

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

Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics

October 21, 2014

Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s September 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.2 percent, down from the prior month but higher than the 2.1 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released October 27th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.9 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

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

Graph showing the Monthly Unemployment Rate

County Unemployment Rates
Not Seasonally Adjusted

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
September 2013 - September 2014

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