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EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES BY OCCUPATION
NEXT UPDATE: April 2016
NEW BISMARCK METRO AND WEST CENTRAL NONMETROPOLITAN AREA DELINEATIONS
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is responsible for maintaining and updating statistical area delineations, a task it has performed every decade since the 1950 Census. In 2013, the OMB announced revised metropolitan statistical area delineations, which replaced delineations from 2003. The Labor Market Information Center of Job Service North Dakota began adopting the changes starting with 2015 data. For North Dakota, the Bismarck metro area was affected by a delineation change with the addition of Oliver and Sioux Counties, which in turn affected the composition of North Dakota's West Central nonmetropolitan area (all other metro and nonmetro area delineations remain unchanged). The OES data series prior to 2015 will NOT be revised using the new area delineations. Therefore, data for areas with delineation changes will not be comparable to data prior to 2015, resulting in a series break. The new area delineations will be applied to the OES program beginning with the publication of 2015 data scheduled to be released in April 2016.
Employment and wages by occupation are compiled using results from a semiannual survey conducted by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. The sample-based survey asks employers to provide data regarding occupational employment and wages for their establishment. The results are summarized and estimates of employment and wage (annual and/or hourly) data are calculated for most occupations in the state, its metro areas and designated nonmetro areas. The 2014 employment and wages by occupation are the most recent data available.

Employment and wages by occupation generally include workers covered by the unemployment insurance program and exclude both farm and nonfarm self-employed workers, private household workers, unpaid family workers, and owners or partners of unincorporated firms. Wages do not include overtime or bonus pay. There is a standard four-month time lag to publication after the end of a calendar year. The data are based on a point-in-time survey and should not be used as a time series. Geographic coverage is limited to statewide, three metro areas and four nonmetro areas. Employment and wages by occupation can be used to analyze occupational wage rates across markets, develop staffing patterns and occupation projections, and plan for careers.

Beginning with 2015, data are based on 2013 geographic area delineations. Data prior to 2015 are based on 2003 geographic area delineations. Therefore, data for areas with delineation changes will not be comparable resulting in a series break.

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EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES BY OCCUPATION REPORTS AND DATASETS
Last Update: April 2015 | Update Cycle: Annually


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