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NEWS ARCHIVE

The news archive contains postings for the current calendar year and two years prior sorted with the newest postings at the top and the oldest at the bottom. Links and data in archived news articles may have been revised in subsequent releases or updates.


2014

NOVEMBER 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
December 19, 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in November 2014. Employers reported an estimated 22,500 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.9 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s November 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.4 percent, up from the prior month and higher than the 2.3 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released December 23rd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, down from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.8 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

NOVEMBER 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
December 19, 2014
In November 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 23.8 percent (+670) when compared to a year ago. Six of the 13 major industries reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while 7 reported increases. Of the major industry categories, Educational & Health Services reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims. Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year increase, followed by Construction and Natural Resources & Mining. Nineteen of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 29 reported increases and 5 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 34.5 percent reported increases of less than five. Ward County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-24). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass (+189). For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

Q3 2014 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
December 19, 2014
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released third quarter (Jul-Sep) 2014 state personal income estimates. For all states, personal income grew 1.0 percent in the third quarter of 2014 after increasing 1.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014. Personal income growth rates were lower in 40 states, higher in 9, and unchanged in 1. Personal income growth rates ranged from -0.2 percent in South Dakota to +1.4 percent in Texas. North Dakota’s third quarter 2014 personal income increased 0.2 percent over second quarter 2014. This is lower than the 1.6 percent gain one year ago and lower than the 3.1 percent gain in the second quarter. The mining industry (which includes oil and gas extraction) contributed the most to third-quarter earnings growth in North Dakota. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

EDUCATION PROFILE
December 2, 2014
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.

NOVEMBER 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
December 2, 2014
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.

Q2 2014 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
December 2, 2014
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.

2013 BENEFITS GUIDE
November 21, 2014
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.

ANNUAL 2013 METRO AND COUNTY PERSONAL INCOME
November 21 2014
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.

OCTOBER 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
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. 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 [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released November 26th]. 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.

OCTOBER 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
November 21, 2014
In October 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 8.8 percent (-122) when compared to a year ago. Eight of the 13 major industries reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while 5 reported increases. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims, followed by Educational & Health Services and Leisure & Hospitality. Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year increase. Thirty-four of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 15 reported increases and 4 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 60 percent reported increases of less than five. Grand Forks County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-32). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass (+57). For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

OCTOBER 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
November 4, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has released the October 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 25,154 open and available positions in October 2014. Openings were lower by 2.6 percent (-683) over the prior month but 29.5 percent higher (+5,734) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

SEPTEMBER 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
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. 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.

SEPTEMBER 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
October 21, 2014
In September 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 12.1 percent (+109) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims, followed by Professional & Business Services and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities. Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year increase. Of the 13 industries, 7 reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims, 5 reported increases and 1 reported no change. Grand Forks County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-20). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass (+97). Twenty-seven of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 21 reported increases and 5 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 71.4 percent reported increases of less than five. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

SEPTEMBER 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
October 7, 2014
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.

NORTH DAKOTA WORKFORCE REVIEW 2014 EDITION
October 7, 2014
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.

Q2 2014 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
October 7, 2014
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.

AUGUST 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
September 19, 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in August 2014. Employers reported an estimated 20,600 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.6 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s August 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.4 percent, down from the prior month and lower than the 2.7 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released September 24th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 6.1 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

AUGUST 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
September 19, 2014
In August 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 32 percent (-378) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims, followed by Construction and Natural Resources & Mining. Retail Trade reported the only year-over-year increase. Of the 13 industries, 12 reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims and 1 reported an increase. Grand Forks County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-121). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Barnes (+21). Thirty-one of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 15 reported increases and 7 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 80 percent reported increases of less than five. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NDWIN INTERNET CALENDAR USERS
September 2, 2014
If you initially subscribed to our NDWIN internet calendar, or icalendar, prior to September 4th, 2014, you will have to resubscribe if you want to continue to receive automatic updates to our data release schedule. For details, visit the Data Release Schedule page.

AUGUST 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
September 2, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has released the August 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 26,929 open and available positions in August 2014. Openings were higher by 14.6 percent (+3,428) over the prior month and 22.9 percent higher (+5,018) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN NORTH DAKOTA 2013
September 2, 2014
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.

CAREERS IN NORTH DAKOTA 2014 EDITION
September 2, 2014
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.

Q1 2014 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
September 2, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 1st quarter (Jan-Mar) 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 Q1 2014, North Dakota's total employment rose 3.3 percent compared to a year ago to 426,225, an increase of 13,657 jobs. Average weekly wages were $944, higher by 6.7 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 (+2,817), Retail Trade (+1,819), and Transportation and Warehousing (+1,644). The county with the largest over-the-year numeric increase in employment was Williams adding 3,616 jobs, a 10.3 percent increase, followed by Cass (+3,402), Stark (+2,050), McKenzie (+1,766), and Mountrail (+1,012). For a detailed summary of the Q1 2014 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

JULY 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
August 18, 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in July 2014. Employers reported an estimated 21,700 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.9 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s July 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, down from the prior month and lower than the 2.8 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released August 25th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 6.2 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

JULY 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
August 18, 2014
In July 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 25.3 percent (-501) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Government reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims, followed by Manufacturing and Construction. Information reported the only year-over-year increase. Of the 13 industries, 12 reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims and 1 reported an increase. Cass County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-250). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Pembina (+65). Twenty-seven of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 19 reported increases and 7 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 58 percent reported increases of less than five. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

SUPPLEMENTAL OIL AND GAS SURVEY RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE
August 5, 2014
The North Dakota Legislature directed Job Service North Dakota’s Labor Market Information Center to upgrade the collection and compilation of employment data related to the broader oil and gas sector. Job Service North Dakota uses the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), a national standard, to code industry activity in the state. Due to limitations of NAICS, employment in the broader oil and gas sector is difficult to measure. In the winter of 2014, the Labor Market Information Center surveyed in-scope private sector employers to help determine the percentage of their business activity that can be specifically attributed to the oil and gas sector. The Oil & Gas Employment Survey asked employers to report the percentage of their 2013 business activity attributed to the oil and gas sector. The final results are included in the North Dakota Oil and Gas Employment Report. The data have also been added to North Dakota's Oil and Gas Economy report beginning on page 34. These data are not meant to capture a secondary employment effect (e.g. food, housing, medical, government services, etc.). This survey’s focus was on employment tied to well pad operations.

NORTH DAKOTA EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS 2013-2015
August 5, 2014
The 2013-2015 Short-Term Employment Projections report is now available. Job Service North Dakota’s Labor Market Information Center has just completed and finalized state-level short-term projections through 2015 covering more than 100 industries and 500 occupations. The report summarizes the numeric and percent changes by industry and occupation as well as growth openings, replacement openings, average wages, and typical entry-level education requirements by occupation. The report also highlights 'Bright Outlook' occupations which are projected to generate a large number of growth openings over the two-year time period or post a projected growth rate higher than the statewide average for all occupations.

JULY 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
August 5, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has released the July 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 23,501 open and available positions in July 2014. Openings were lower by 8.2 percent (-2,101) over the prior month but 15.0 percent higher (+3,065) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

JUNE 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
July 18, 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in June 2014. Employers reported an estimated 22,000 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.9 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s June 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, up from the prior month but lower than the 3.2 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released July 23rd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 6.1 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

JUNE 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
July 18, 2014
In June 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 5.7 percent (-87) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Natural Resources & Mining and Professional & Business Services reported the largest year-over-year numeric decreases in initial claims while Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year increase. Of the 13 industries, 7 reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims and 6 reported increases. Cass County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-78). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Sargent (+49). Twenty-eight of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 20 reported increases and 5 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 50 percent reported increases of less than five. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

NORTH DAKOTA EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS 2012-2022
July 1, 2014
The 2012-2022 Long-Term Employment Projections report is now available. Job Service North Dakota’s Labor Market Information Center has just completed and finalized state-level long-term projections through 2022 covering more than 100 industries and 500 occupations. The report is a long-term look at North Dakota's future employment trends by industry and occupation updated every two years. Long-term employment projections attempt to identify industries and occupations in which job openings are expected to occur and provide insight into the state’s rapidly-growing, stable, or declining industries and occupations.

Additionally, the 2012-2022 Long-Term Education and Training Projections report is now available. The report depicts the education and training needed for entry into a given occupation and to become competent at performing the occupation. Education and training projections are linked to employment projections. So, after occupational projections are completed, the occupations and their related education and training assignments are aggregated resulting in education and training projections. Education and training projections assume that the education and training assignments of each occupation will not change between the base period and projected period. Education and training projections should not be interpreted as a strict measurement of education and training demand, rather, it’s a measurement of occupational demand and related education and training assignments. The new report can be found on the Long-Term Employment Projections page.

JUNE 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
July 1, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has released the June 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 25,602 open and available positions in June 2014. Openings were lower by 5.6 percent (-1,526) over the prior month but 19.0 percent higher (+4,081) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA BOOK
July 1, 2014
The North Dakota Unemployment Insurance Data Book is updated on an annual basis and contains a 30-year summary of statistical data, graphs, and narrative descriptions pertinent to North Dakota's unemployment insurance program. The report has been updated with 2013 data.

Q1 2014 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
July 1, 2014
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released first quarter (Jan-Mar) 2014 state personal income estimates. For all states, personal income grew 0.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014 after increasing 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. Personal income grew in 46 states and growth accelerated in 24 of those states. Personal income results ranged from +1.4 percent in Washington, Vermont, and West Virginia to -2.9 percent in North Dakota. North Dakota’s -2.9 percent drop is lower than 1.6 percent gain one year ago and lower than the -1.1 percent drop reported in the prior quarter. North Dakota’s first quarter 2014 personal income decrease was the result of a $1.8 billion drop in farm earnings. Mining continued to be the industry with the largest earnings gains in North Dakota adding $263 million, an 8 percent increase. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

2013 NORTH DAKOTA GDP RESULTS
June 20, 2014
The U.S Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released preliminary 2013 state-level GDP data. North Dakota had the highest 2013 real GDP growth rate in the nation at 9.7 percent, followed by Wyoming (7.6 percent) and West Virginia (5.1 percent). In 2012, North Dakota’s GDP grew by a revised 20.3 percent. The national growth rate for 2013 was 1.8 percent, lower than 2012’s 2.5 percent rate. In North Dakota, both mining and agriculture reported annual gains of at least 30 percent for 2013. Mining contributed 3.61 percentage points to North Dakota’s real GDP growth of 9.7 percent. Between 2010 and 2013, North Dakota’s GDP grew 59 percent to $56.3 billion. For additional details, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

MAY 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
June 20, 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in May 2014. Employers reported an estimated 20,100 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.5 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s May 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.4 percent, down from the prior month and lower than the 2.6 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released June 25th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 6.3 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

MAY 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
June 20, 2014
In May 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 32.5 percent (-576) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims while Financial Activities reported the largest year-over-year increase. Of the 13 industries, 11 reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims and 2 reported increases. Grand Forks County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-155). The counties with the largest numeric increases over the year were Morton and Stutsman. Twenty-nine of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 11 reported increases and 13 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 73 percent reported increases of less than five. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

MAY 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
June 3, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has released the May 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 27,128 open and available positions in May 2014. Openings were higher by 5.7 percent (+1,475) over the prior month and 27.1 percent higher (+5,792) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

ANNUAL 2013 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
June 3, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has posted annual 2013 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 2013, North Dakota employment rose 3.7 percent compared to the prior year, an increase of 15,399 jobs. Average weekly wages were $919, higher by 4.1 percent from the prior year. Of the major industry categories, the largest private sector employment increases occurred in Construction (+2,914), Retail Trade (+1,962), and Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction (+1,820). Declines occurred in Information (-123). Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction reported the highest average weekly wage of any industry at $1,885, higher by 1.5 percent over the year. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Williams adding 3,156 jobs, a 9.2 percent increase, followed by Cass (+2,901), McKenzie (+1,975), Stark (+1,754), and Burleigh (+1,745). The county experiencing the largest numeric decrease over the year was Benson (-251). In 2013, Williams County became the 4th largest job market in the state, up from 5th place in 2012. Williams County is roughly 3,000 jobs away from taking over 3rd place now held by Grand Forks County. The county reporting the highest average weekly wage was Williams ($1,508), followed by Slope ($1,397) and McKenzie ($1,388). Most of the counties with highest average weekly wages were located in western North Dakota. For a detailed summary of the annual 2013 data, please visit our Employment and Wages by Industry page.

2013 CITY POPULATION ESTIMATES
June 3, 2014
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released annual 2013 city population estimates. Nationally, Bismarck ranked as the 22nd fastest-growing city out of 729 with populations over 50,000. Bismarck added 2,257 residents since 2012 for a 3.5 percent gain. Fargo and Grand Forks ranked 27 and 47, respectively. Fargo gained 3,516 (+3.2 percent) residents while Grand Forks gained 1,399 (+2.6 percent). The growth rates for North Dakota’s ten largest cities ranged from +13.9 percent for Williston to +0.5 percent for Jamestown. The five largest-growing North Dakota cities were Fargo (+3,516), Williston (+2,540), Minot (+2,405), West Fargo (+2,318), and Bismarck (+2,257). For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates webpage.

APRIL 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
May 16, 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in April 2014. Employers reported an estimated 22,200 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 5.1 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s April 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, down from the prior month and lower than the 3.1 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released May 21st]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 6.3 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

APRIL 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
May 16, 2014
In April 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 26.7 percent (-489) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims while Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities reported the largest year-over-year increase. Of the 13 industries, 11 reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims and 2 reported increases. Cass County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-152). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Adams (+25). Thirty-five of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 10 reported increases and 8 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 90 percent reported increases of less than five. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

2008-2012 REAL PERSONAL INCOME
May 6, 2014
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released real, price-adjusted estimates of personal income for states and metropolitan areas for 2008-2012. These estimates are being released for the first time as official statistics and the series only goes back to 2008. The price-adjustments are based on regional price parities (RPPs) and on BEA’s national Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) price index. The RPPs measure geographic differences in the price levels of consumption goods and services relative to the national average, and the PCE price index measures national price changes over time. Using the RPPs in combination with the PCE price index allows for comparisons of the purchasing power of personal income across regions and over time. Growth in real total personal income from 2011 to 2012 ranged from a decline of 1.2 percent in South Dakota to an increase of 15.1 percent in North Dakota. North Dakota’s 2012 real per capita personal income was $57,367, the highest of the 50 states, and a 12.7 percent increase from 2011. North Dakota’s 2012 RPP, a measure of the difference in the price levels of goods and services for a given year, was 90.4. RPPs are expressed as a percentage of the overall national price level which is equal to 100.0. For additional details, please visit the BEA website.

APRIL 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
May 6, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has released the April 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 25,653 open and available positions in April 2014. Openings were higher by 11.9 percent (+2,721) over the prior month and 29.1 percent higher (+5,779) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2013 OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE UPDATES
May 6, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center conducts an occupational licensing survey every year where we ask North Dakota licensing authorities to provide updated active license counts, related application and/or initial/renewal fees, and due date information for each license. We recently completed our 2013 updates. This is a vital piece of labor market information for job seekers and our database currently has more than 100 occupation-related licenses. To access the information, go to the NDWIN website and, on the left navigation bar, locate the ‘Historical Data Analysis’ header, click on ‘Employment and Wage Data’ link, then the ‘Occupation Data’ link, and then the ‘Occupational Licensing’ link. Select a geography and occupation of interest and search.

MARCH 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
April 17, 2014
In March 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 35.1 percent (-642) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims while Educational & Health Services reported the largest year-over-year increase. Of the 13 industries, 11 reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims and 2 reported increases. Cass County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-341). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was McKenzie (+12). Thirty-four of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 11 reported increases and 8 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 64 percent reported increases of less than five. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

MARCH 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
April 17, 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in March 2014. Employers reported an estimated 19,000 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.4 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s March 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, down from the prior month and lower than the 3.7 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released April 23rd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 6.7 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

2013 EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES BY OCCUPATION
April 2, 2014
The 2013 Employment and Wages by Occupation report is now available. 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. 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. The report references 2013 data. The new employment and wage data are also available interactively by visiting Analyzer, our online data query tool in NDWIN.

MARCH 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
April 2, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has released the March 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 22,932 open and available positions in March 2014. Openings were higher by 13.5 percent (+2,727) over the prior month and 25.1 percent higher (+4,608) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2013 METRO, MICRO, AND COUNTY POPULATION ESTIMATES
March 28, 2014
U.S. Census population estimates for 2013 by metro, micro, and county areas were released in late March. Of North Dakota’s 53 counties, 38 reported annual population gains since July, 1st 2012. Much of the gains occurred in the western half of the state. The county reporting the largest numeric increase was Cass (+6,157) while Pembina reported the largest decline (-88). A total of 15 counties reported declines or no change in 2013 population estimates. Almost all of the ten fastest-growing counties in 2013 were related to the increase in western North Dakota oil activity. Since the 2010 Census, the fastest-growing counties have been McKenzie (+46.4 percent), Williams (+32.1 percent), and Mountrail (+22.2 percent). Six counties reported declines of at least one percent or more between 2012 and 2013 led by Billings with a decline of 3.3 percent. For North Dakota’s three metro areas, Bismarck’s 3.1 percent growth rate ranked it 5th among all 381 metro areas nationally while Fargo’s 3.1 percent growth rate ranked 4th. The Grand Forks growth rate (+1.8 percent) ranked 32nd. Of the nation’s 536 micro areas, Williston ranked as the fastest-growing in the country and second in the largest-growing category. The Dickinson and Minot micro areas also ranked among the nation’s top five fastest-growing. Visit the U.S. Census Bureau website for more information.

ANNUAL 2013 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
March 28, 2014
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released preliminary annual 2013 state personal income data. Personal income across all states rose an average 2.6 percent in 2013 after rising 4.2 percent in 2012. State personal income growth ranged from 1.5 percent in West Virginia to 7.6 percent in North Dakota, with every state growing more slowly in 2013 than in 2012. For the fourth time in the last six years North Dakota has had the fastest personal income growth of all states. Since 2006, personal income in North Dakota has grown at a compound annual rate of 9.9 percent, substantially outpacing the 3.1 percent growth rate across all states. In 2013, farming, construction, and mining (including oil and gas extraction) accounted for 53 percent of total earnings growth in North Dakota. North Dakota’s 2013 per capita personal income was $57,084, the 2nd highest in the nation, while U.S. per capita personal income was $44,543. Connecticut recorded the highest per capita personal income at $60,847. For more information, please visit the BEA website.

FEBRUARY 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
March 28, 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in February 2014. Employers reported an estimated 16,100 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.7 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s February 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, up from the prior month but lower than the 3.7 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released April 1st]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 6.7 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

FEBRUARY 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
March 28, 2014
In February 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 0.2 percent (-4) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Information reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims while Wholesale Trade reported the largest year-over-year increase. Of the thirteen industries, six reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims, six reported increases and one reported no change. Grand Forks County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-97). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Pembina (+87). Twenty-seven of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 21 reported increases and five reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

2012 COUNTY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
March 17, 2014
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2012 estimates of health insurance coverage for each of the nation’s roughly 3,140 counties. North Dakota’s uninsured rate for those under the age of 65 was 12 percent, the 11th lowest in the country. Massachusetts had the lowest uninsured rate at 4.5 percent while Texas had the highest at 25.2 percent. The North Dakota counties with the lowest uninsured rates were Mercer and Sargent at 10 percent while the county with the highest uninsured rate was Grant at 22.5 percent. For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Interactive Data Tool webpage to query the health insurance data.

2013 EMPLOYMENT ESTIMATES BENCHMARK REVISION
March 17, 2014
The annual benchmarking process for the Current Employment Statistics (CES) employment estimates series was recently finalized. Benchmarking is the process of establishing a new set of data which affects a series of estimates through revisions, usually the most recent two years. A benchmark is a standard or point of reference in measuring or judging the quality of estimated figures when compared to a universe count of data or more recent data. For 2013, North Dakota’s original estimated annual employment change was +3.8 percent, which has been revised to +3.6 percent after benchmarking. Since 2003, North Dakota has added 111,700 jobs to its economy according to benchmarked data, which translates to a gain of 33.6 percent over the ten-year period. Nearly 70 percent of the gains have occurred in the last five years. This revision affects 2013 and 2012 data for North Dakota and its three metro areas (Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks). Additionally, seasonally adjusted data back to 1990 may have been revised. The NDWIN database has been updated with the CES benchmark revisions.

JANUARY 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
March 17, 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in January 2014. Employers reported an estimated 14,600 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.4 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s January 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, up from the prior month but lower than the 4.0 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released March 24th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, down from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 6.6 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

JANUARY 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
March 17, 2014
In January 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 7.2 percent (-325) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Government reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims while Other Services reported the largest year-over-year increase. Of the thirteen industries, eleven reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining two reported increases. Cass County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-222). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Sargent (+70). Twenty-nine of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 23 reported increases and the remaining one reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

FEBRUARY 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
March 4, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has released the February 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 20,205 open and available positions in February 2014. Openings were higher by 19.7 percent (+3,328) over the prior month and 7.8 percent higher (+1,456) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

Q3 2013 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
March 4, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 3rd quarter (Jul-Sep) 2013 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 Q3 2013, North Dakota employment rose 3.1 percent compared to a year ago, an increase of 12,981 jobs. Average weekly wages were $921, higher by 5.5 percent from a year ago. Of the major industry categories, the largest private sector employment increases occurred in Construction (+3,335), Retail Trade (+2,046), and Professional and Technical Services (+1,148). The county with the largest over-the-year numeric increase in employment was Cass adding 2,589 jobs, a 2.4 percent increase, followed by Williams (+2,064), McKenzie (+1,817), Stark (+1,723), and Burleigh (+1,632). For a detailed summary of the Q3 2013 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

JANUARY 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
February 4, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has released the January 2014 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 16,877 open and available positions in January 2014. Openings were lower by 9.1 percent (-1,681) over the prior month and 8.8 percent lower (-1,624) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

DECEMBER 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
January 28, 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in December 2013. Employers reported an estimated 17,400 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.9 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s December 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, up from the prior month but lower than the 3.3 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released February 4th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 6.7 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

DECEMBER 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
January 28, 2014
In December 2013, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 14.7 percent (+719) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims while Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year decrease. Of the thirteen industries, five reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining eight reported increases. Burleigh County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+203). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Cass (-101). Forty-three North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while six reported decreases and the remaining four reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

DECEMBER 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
January 7, 2014
The Labor Market Information Center has released the December 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 18,558 open and available positions in December 2013. Openings were lower by 8.2 percent (-1,662) over the prior month and 6.6 percent lower (-1,305) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2014 DATA RELEASE SCHEDULE
January 7, 2014
An updated 2014 data release schedule is now available for some of our most sought after data including labor force and unemployment stats, online job openings stats, and employment and wage data by industry and occupation across many geographies. The schedule covers the January 2014 through December 2014 time period. Also, you may be able to link directly to an icalendar version. For details, visit the data release schedule page.

2013 STATE POPULATION ESTIMATES
January 7, 2014
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released state-level population estimates for 2013. North Dakota ranked as the fastest-growing state between 2012 and 2013 (+3.1 percent). This is the second year in a row that North Dakota has ranked as the fastest-growing state. North Dakota's 2013 population estimate was 723,393 which is an increase of 22,048 residents since 2012. North Dakota has added more than 50,000 residents to its population since the 2010 census which translates into a 7.6 percent growth rate, the fastest growth rate of any state in the nation. While North Dakota recorded the fastest growth rate between 2012 and 2013, Texas reported the largest numeric increase in residents (+387,397). For a summary of the 2013 state population estimates, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau website. More detailed 2013 population estimates will be released throughout 2014 including the total population of counties and incorporated places, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, and race.


2013

2012-2022 NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS
December 20, 2013
Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released national 2012-2022 long-term employment projections. Industries and occupations related to health care, personal care and social assistance, and construction are projected to have the fastest job growth between 2012 and 2022. Total employment is projected to increase 10.8 percent, or 15.6 million, during the decade. Despite expected fast growth, construction sector employment in 2022 is projected to be below its peak level of 7.7 million in 2006. Occupations typically requiring postsecondary education for entry are projected to grow faster (+14.0 percent) between 2012 and 2022 than occupations that typically require a high school diploma or less (+9.1 percent). For additional details on the national projections, please visit the BLS employment projections website. North Dakota 2012-2022 employment projections are scheduled for release in July 2014.

Q3 2013 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
December 20, 2013
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released third quarter (Jul-Sep) 2013 state personal income estimates. For all states, personal income grew 1.1 percent in the third quarter of 2013 after increasing 1.2 percent in the second quarter of 2013. Growth slowed in 25 states, accelerated in 22, and was unchanged in 3 states. Personal income gains ranged from +0.4 percent in New Mexico to +1.9 percent in Mississippi. North Dakota’s third quarter 2013 personal income increased 1.1 percent over the second quarter 2013. This is lower than the 2.4 percent gain one year ago but higher than the 0.7 percent gain in the second quarter. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

NOVEMBER 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
December 20, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in November 2013. Employers reported an estimated 17,600 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.0 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s November 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.3 percent, up from the prior month but lower than the 2.8 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released December 26th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, down from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.0 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

NOVEMBER 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
December 20, 2013
In November 2013, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 24.8 percent (-927) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims while Educational & Health Services reported the largest year-over-year increase. Of the thirteen industries, ten reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining three reported increases. Cass County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-351). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Williams (+20). Eight North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while forty reported decreases and the remaining five reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

NOVEMBER 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
December 3, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the November 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 20,220 open and available positions in November 2013. Openings were 4.1 percent higher (+800) from last month but 7.8 percent lower (-1,707) from last year. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

Q2 2013 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
December 3, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 2nd quarter (Apr-Jun) 2013 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 2013, North Dakota employment rose 3.2 percent compared to a year ago, an increase of 13,056 jobs. Average weekly wages were $887, higher by 3.7 percent from a year ago. Of the major industry categories, the largest private sector employment increases occurred in Construction (+2,104), Retail Trade (+1,668), and Wholesale Trade (+1,350). The county with the largest over-the-year numeric increase in jobs was Williams with 2,441, a 7.1 percent increase, followed by Cass (+2,341), Burleigh (+1,879), McKenzie (+1,815), and Stark (+1,606). For a detailed summary of the Q2 2013 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

ANNUAL 2012 METRO AND COUNTY PERSONAL INCOME
November 22, 2013
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released preliminary annual 2012 metro and county personal income data. Of the nation's 381 metro areas, total personal income growth slowed in 311, accelerated in 65, and remained unchanged in five. On average, metro total personal income rose 4.2 percent in 2012, after growing 6.0 percent in 2011. North Dakota’s three metro areas were among the fastest growing in the country in 2012: Grand Forks ranked third (+10.5 percent), Bismarck ranked fourth (+10.1 percent), and Fargo ranked sixth (+8.3 percent). Total personal income in the nonmetro portion of North Dakota—where the booming mining industry is located—grew at an even faster 26.3 percent pace. Of North Dakota's 53 counties, six had per capita personal incomes above $80,000, all oil production nonmetro counties. Williams County had the highest 2012 per capita personal income in North Dakota at $116,978. Just five years prior, Williams County recorded per capita personal income of $39,523. For more information, please visit the BEA website.

OCTOBER 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
November 22, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in October 2013. Employers reported an estimated 15,400 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.5 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s October 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 1.9 percent, down from the prior month and lower than the 2.5 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released November 27th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, down from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.3 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

OCTOBER 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
November 22, 2013
In October 2013, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 16.9 percent (-281) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims while Educational & Health Services reported the largest year-over-year increase. Of the thirteen industries, nine reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining four reported increases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Burleigh (+15). Cass County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-96). Twenty North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while twenty-eight reported decreases and the remaining five reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE AREA PROFILES
November 5, 2013
Beginning with the November 5, 2013 update, we've expanded the information available in the Area Profiles to include annual building permits data and annual school enrollment data. Additionally, the worker hires and separations data have been adjusted to match the modified methodology of the U.S. Census Bureau's LED program. The change in methodology now excludes short-term employment (jobs that began and ended in less than 90 days within the same quarter) from the hires and separations rate calculations. This change now focuses the calculations on jobs with longer-term or continuous employment (more than one consecutive quarter). For details on the new methodology, please refer to the notes section found at the end of each profile. To download a new profile, please visit the Area Profiles page.

DATA RELEASE SCHEDULE UPDATE
November 5, 2013
North Dakota’s Labor Market Information Center partners with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on most of its labor market data including employment and labor force estimates, unemployment rates, and industry and occupation wages. Due to the federal government shutdown, the Labor Market Information Center was unable to process and release BLS-partnered data as previously scheduled. Now that federal government operations have resumed, the Data Release Schedule has been revised. September state-level employment, labor force and unemployment statistics originally scheduled to be released on October 22nd will now be released on November 22nd. The October state-level employment, labor force and unemployment statistics originally scheduled to be released on November 19th will now be released on November 22nd. The September and October substate (region, metro, county) labor force and unemployment statistics originally scheduled to be released on October 28th and November 25th, respectively, will now be released on November 27th.

OCTOBER 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
November 5, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the October 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 19,420 open and available positions in October 2013. Openings were 15.6 percent lower (-3,586) from last month and 12.4 percent lower (-2,741) from last year. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

SEPTEMBER 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
October 22, 2013
In September 2013, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 36.4 percent (-517) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims while Construction reported the largest year-over-year increase. Of the thirteen industries, eight reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining five reported increases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Mountrail (+9). Sargent County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-174). Fourteen North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while thirty-one reported decreases and the remaining eight reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

Q2 2013 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
October 1, 2013
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released second quarter (Apr-Jun) 2013 state personal income estimates. For all states, personal income grew 1.2 percent in the second quarter of 2013 after declining 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2013. Personal income increased in all states except Nebraska (-0.7 percent), Iowa (-0.4 percent), and South Dakota (-0.2 percent). Personal income gains ranged from +0.1 percent in Minnesota to +1.5 percent in Arizona and Florida. North Dakota’s second quarter 2013 personal income increased 0.3 percent over first quarter 2013. A considerable decrease in farm earnings (-10.6 percent) tempered overall income growth in the second quarter. Conversely, in mining, the fastest growing industry, earnings grew by 6.8 percent. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

2012 NORTH DAKOTA POVERTY RATE
October 1, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2012 estimates of people in poverty for each of the nation’s 50 states. North Dakota’s poverty rate was 11.2 percent for 2012, down from 12.2 percent in 2011. The number of people in poverty dropped from 80,882 to 75,703. North Dakota’s 2012 poverty rate was the 6th lowest in the country. New Hampshire recorded the lowest poverty rate at 10 percent. View the U.S. Census Bureau’s report Poverty: 2000 to 2012 for more information.

2011 COUNTY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
October 1, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2011 estimates of health insurance coverage for each of the nation’s roughly 3,140 counties. North Dakota’s uninsured rate for those under the age of 65 was 11.6 percent, the 9th lowest in the country. The North Dakota counties with the lowest uninsured rates were Mercer and Sargent at 9.5 percent while the county with the highest uninsured rate was Grant at 21.9 percent. For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Interactive Data Tool webpage to query the health insurance data.

SEPTEMBER 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
October 1, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the September 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 23,006 open and available positions in September 2013. Openings were 5 percent higher (+1,095) from last month and 2.8 percent higher (+637) from last year. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

AUGUST 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
September 20, 2013
In August 2013, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 2.0 percent (-24) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase (+145), followed by Leisure & Hospitality and Information. Of the thirteen industries, ten reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining three reported increases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Grand Forks (+77), followed by Pembina (+32) and Williams (+18). Cass County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year. Nineteen North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while twenty-five reported decreases and the remaining nine reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

AUGUST 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
September 20, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in August 2013. Employers reported an estimated 13,800 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.2 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s August 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, down from the prior month and lower than the 3.0 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released September 25th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.3 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

NORTH DAKOTA'S OIL AND GAS ECONOMY
September 3, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center recently released a new report titled North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Economy. The report melds together oil and gas production statistics, labor market information, and other related economic indicators to provide a current, quick-and-easy overview of the state's oil and gas economy. Due to the regional influence of the oil and gas economy, this report focuses on three main geographic groupings: (1) core oil and gas producing counties; (2) balance of oil and gas producing counties; and (3) non oil and gas producing counties. These groupings highlight the contrast in the direct impact of oil and gas activity. Ten years of historical data have been added for most data elements so visual trends can be spotted. This report is updated monthly on the first working Tuesday of the month with the latest data. Keep in mind, data are current as of the report's scheduled monthly update. Since data sources release their information at different times throughout a month or year, newer data may become available after an update but before the next scheduled update. The report will reflect the newer data in the next scheduled update.

AUGUST 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
September 3, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the August 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 21,911 open and available positions in August 2013. Openings were 7.2 percent higher (+1,475) from last month but 0.7 percent lower (-161) from last year. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

LARGEST EMPLOYER REPORT UPDATES
September 3, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has updated and posted results for the largest employer reports. The latest reports are based on 2012 annual averages. 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. Beginning with the 2011 largest employer reports, a few notable changes have been implemented. We've expanded the number of local area reports by focusing on county geographies rather than the state's largest cities, though many of the largest cities dominate their home counties. This change in geographic coverage will expand the availability of reports to areas that previously did not have access to one. Due to these and other methodological changes, comparisons to older reports are not recommended.

Q1 2013 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
September 3, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 1st quarter (Jan-Mar) 2013 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 Q1 2013, North Dakota employment rose 4.8 percent compared to a year ago, an increase of 19,036 jobs. Average weekly wages were $885, higher by 3.1 percent from a year ago. Of the major industry categories, the largest private sector employment increases occurred in Construction (+3,093), Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction (+2,809), and Retail Trade (+2,345). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Williams with 4,125 jobs, a 13.3 percent increase, followed by Cass (+3,514), Burleigh (+2,247), McKenzie (+2,212), and Ward (+1,704). For a detailed summary of the Q1 2013 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

JULY 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
August 19, 2013
In July 2013, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 12.8 percent (+224) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase (+91), followed by Professional & Business Services and Construction. Of the thirteen industries, two reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining eleven reported increases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass (+227), followed by Ward (+35) and Williams (+28). Grand Forks County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year. Twenty-three North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while twenty-five reported decreases and the remaining five reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

JULY 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
August 19, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in July 2013. Employers reported an estimated 13,900 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.2 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s July 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9 percent, down from the prior month and lower than the 3.0 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released August 26th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, down from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.4 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

2013 BENEFITS SURVEY
August 6, 2013
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 is surveying more than 5,000 employers across North Dakota asking them to provide information about specific benefit offerings and options such as paid-time-off, health insurance, and retirement. A letter was sent out to those employers invited to participate in the survey. Included in the letter was a hardcopy of the survey and an assigned unique survey password. For more information about how to fill out the survey, visit the Benefits Survey page.

2012-2014 SHORT-TERM EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS
August 6, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center recently released a report of the 2012-2014 short-term industry and occupation employment projections for North Dakota. The report summarizes the numeric and percent changes by industry and occupation as well as growth openings, replacement openings, average wages, and typical entry-level education requirements by occupation. The report also highlights 'Bright Outlook' occupations which are projected to generate a large number of growth openings over the two-year time period or post a projected growth rate higher than the statewide average for all occupations.

JULY 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
August 6, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the July 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 20,436 open and available positions in July 2013. Openings were lower by 5.0 percent (-1,085) over the prior month and 2.6 percent lower (-543) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

JUNE 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
July 19, 2013
In June 2013, North Dakota initial claims were higher by 10.6 percent (+145) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase (+59), followed by Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities and Retail Trade. Of the thirteen industries, three reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining ten reported increases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Richland (+20), followed by Ward (+19) and Williams (+16). Morton County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year. Twenty-eight North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while nineteen reported decreases and the remaining six reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

JUNE 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
July 19, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in June 2013. Employers reported an estimated 13,400 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.1 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s June 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, up from the prior month but lower than the 3.4 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released July 24th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, down from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.6 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

JUNE 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
July 2, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the June 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 21,521 open and available positions in June 2013. Openings were higher by 0.9 percent (+185) over the prior month but 5.2 percent lower (-1,174) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA BOOK
July 2, 2013
The North Dakota Unemployment Insurance Data Book is updated on an annual basis and contains a 30-year summary of statistical data, graphs, and narrative descriptions pertinent to North Dakota's unemployment insurance program. The report has been updated with 2012 data and is available online by visiting our Products area.

Q1 2013 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
July 2, 2013
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released first quarter (Jan-Mar) 2013 state personal income estimates. For all states, personal income declined 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2013 after growing 2.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. Personal income declined in all states except South Dakota (+1.6 percent). Personal income declines ranged from -0.1 percent in Iowa to -2.5 percent in Wyoming. North Dakota’s first quarter 2013 personal declined 2.3 percent over fourth quarter 2012 led by a 13 percent drop in farm earnings. Also contributing to the drop were several special factors including the expiration of the payroll tax holiday at the beginning of 2013 and the acceleration of the receipt of income in the fourth quarter of 2012 in anticipation of changes in individual income tax rates. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

2012 NORTH DAKOTA GDP RESULTS
July 2, 2013
The U.S Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released preliminary 2012 state-level GDP data. North Dakota had the highest 2012 real GDP growth rate in the nation at 13.4 percent, followed by Texas (4.8 percent) and Oregon (3.9 percent). The national growth rate for 2012 was 2.5 percent. In North Dakota, Mining reported the largest percent annual gain at 41.7 percent, followed by Transportation and Warehousing (34.6 percent) and Construction (28.9 percent). Mining contributed 3.26 percentage points to North Dakota’s real GDP growth of 13.4 percent. In real-dollar contributions, Mining was the leader adding $1.01 billion to North Dakota’s economy since 2011 followed by Transportation and Warehousing ($579 million) and Wholesale Trade ($526 million). For additional details, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

MAY 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
June 21, 2013
In May 2013, North Dakota initial claims were higher by 5.8 percent (+97) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase (+87), followed by Natural Resources & Mining and Professional & Business Services. Of the thirteen industries, four reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining nine reported increases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Ward (+72), an 85.7 percent increase, followed by Stark (+23) and Burleigh (+20). Grand Forks County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year. Twenty-eight North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while nineteen reported decreases and the remaining six reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

MAY 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
June 21, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in May 2013. Employers reported an estimated 13,600 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.1 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s May 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, down from the prior month but higher than the 2.7 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released June 26th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, down from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.6 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

2012 CITY POPULATION ESTIMATES
June 4, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released annual 2012 city population estimates. Nationally, Bismarck ranked as the 43rd fastest-growing city out of 729 with populations over 50,000. Bismarck added 3,479 residents since the 2010 Census for a 5.7 percent gain. Fargo and Grand Forks ranked 113 and 514, respectively. Fargo gained 4,230 (+4.0 percent) residents while Grand Forks gained 618 (+1.2 percent). The growth rates for North Dakota’s ten largest cities ranged from +25.9 percent for Williston to -0.7 percent for Jamestown. The five largest-growing North Dakota cities were Fargo (+4,230), Williston (+3,816), Bismarck (+3,479), Minot (+2,858), and Dickinson (+1,910). For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates webpage.

ANNUAL 2012 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
June 4, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has posted annual 2012 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 2012, North Dakota employment rose 8.5 percent compared to the prior year, an increase of 32,277 jobs. Average weekly wages were $883, higher by 10.0 percent from the prior year. Of the major industry categories, the largest private sector employment increases occurred in Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction (+7,590), Construction (+5,145), and Transportation and Warehousing (+4,810). Declines occurred in Information (-176). Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction reported the highest average weekly wage of any industry at $1,857, higher by 7.6 percent over the year. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Williams with 10,509 jobs, a 44.2 percent increase, followed by Cass (+4,233), Stark (+3,511), Ward (+3,357), and Burleigh (+2,311). The county experiencing the largest numeric decrease over the year was Oliver (-65). The county reporting the highest average weekly wage was Williams ($1,507), followed by Slope ($1,481) and Dunn ($1,337). Most of the counties with highest average weekly wages were located in western North Dakota. For a detailed summary of the annual 2012 data, please visit our Employment and Wages by Industry page.

MAY 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
June 4, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the May 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 21,336 open and available positions in May 2013. Openings were higher by 7.4 percent (+1,462) over the prior month but 8.6 percent lower (-2,014) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2012 OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE UPDATES
June 4, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center conducts an occupational licensing survey every year where we ask North Dakota licensing authorities to provide updated active license counts, related application and/or initial/renewal fees, and due date information for each license. We recently completed our 2012 updates. This is a vital piece of labor market information for job seekers and our database currently has more than 100 occupation-related licenses. To access the information, go to the NDWIN website and, on the left navigation bar, locate the ‘Historical Data Analysis’ header, click on ‘Employment and Wage Data’ link, then the ‘Occupation Data’ link, and then the ‘Occupational Licensing’ link. Select a geography and occupation of interest and search.

APRIL 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
May 17, 2013
In April 2013, North Dakota initial claims were higher by 33.3 percent (+457) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase (+176), followed by Manufacturing and Natural Resources & Mining. Of the thirteen industries, two reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining eleven reported increases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass (+124), a 44.3 percent increase, followed by Ward (+72) and Burleigh (+45). Pembina County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year. Thirty-two North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while fifteen reported decreases and the remaining six reported no change. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

APRIL 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
May 17, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in April 2013. Employers reported an estimated 14,800 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.5 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s April 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, down from the prior month but higher than the 3.0 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released May 22nd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.5 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

APRIL 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
May 7, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the April 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 19,874 open and available positions in April 2013. Openings were higher by 8.5 percent (+1,550) over the prior month but 17.4 percent lower (-4,185) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

EMPLOYMENT AND WAGE CHANGES IN THE BAKKEN FORMATION, 2007-2011
May 7, 2013
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released an article entitled Employment and wage changes in oil-producing counties in the Bakken Formation, 2007-2011. It examines the industry employment and wage changes of the U.S. portion of the Bakken Formation (an oil-producing shale formation) from 2007 to 2011, the most recent annual data available at the time of publication. The U.S. portion of the formation is made up of counties from North Dakota and Montana which have reported rapid increases in oil and gas exploration and extraction in recent years.

Q1 2013 MASS LAYOFF STATISTICS REPORT
May 7, 2013
The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program uses a standardized, automated approach to identify, describe, and track the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from each state’s unemployment insurance database. North Dakota’s Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2013 Mass Layoff Statistics report was recently released. North Dakota reported 51 layoff events in Q1 2013 which is up from 27 a year earlier. Total worker separations totaled 1,309 in Q1 2013 which is an increase of 841 from a year earlier. Visit our Mass Layoff Statistics page to view the current report or to access additional quarterly or annual reports back to 2000.

MARCH 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
April 19, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in March 2013. Employers reported an estimated 17,800 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.3 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s March 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, unchanged from the prior month but higher than the 3.7 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released April 24th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.6 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

MARCH 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
April 19, 2013
In March 2013, North Dakota initial claims were higher by 10.7 percent (+177) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Professional & Business Services reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase (+171), followed by Manufacturing and Construction. Of the thirteen industries, eight reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while the remaining five reported increases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass (+229), a 72.9 percent increase, followed by Ward (+35) and Williams (+28). Grand Forks County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year. Twenty-four North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while four reported no change in claims and the remaining twenty-five reported decreases. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

NEW AREA PROFILES NOW AVAILABLE
April 2, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has revamped and posted new Area Profiles. We've expanded the number of profiles by focusing on county geographies rather than the state's largest cities, though many of the largest cities dominate their home counties. This change in geographic coverage will expand the availability of profiles to areas that previously did not have access to one. The profiles will now be updated monthly on the first working Tuesday of the month with the latest monthly and quarterly data and ten years of annual data for a longer term perspective. Previously, profiles were only updated on an annual basis. We've also expanded the amount of data available in the profiles adding in more workforce-related statistics. Due to these methodological changes, comparisons to older profiles are not recommended.

2012 EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES BY OCCUPATION
April 2, 2013
The 2012 Employment and Wages by Occupation report is now available. Employment and wages by occupation are compiled using results from an annual survey conducted by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. The survey is sample-based and asks employers to provide data regarding occupational employment and wages for their establishment. The results detail estimated wage (annual and/or hourly) and employment data for most occupations in the state, its metro areas and designated nonmetro areas. The report covers the annual 2012 data reference period. The new employment wage data are also available interactively by visiting Analyzer, our online data query tool in NDWIN.

MARCH 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
April 2, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the March 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 18,324 open and available positions in March 2013. Openings were lower by 2.3 percent (-425) over the prior month and 11.7 percent lower (-2,424) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

ANNUAL 2012 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
March 28, 2013
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released preliminary annual 2012 state personal income data. State personal income rose an average 3.5 percent in 2012 after rising 5.2 percent in 2011. State personal income growth ranged from -0.2 percent in South Dakota to 12.4 percent in North Dakota. For the fifth time in the last six years North Dakota has had the fastest personal income growth of all states. Since 2006, personal income in North Dakota has grown at a compound annual rate of 9.2 percent, substantially outpacing the 2.9 percent growth rate of all other states. In 2012, mining (including oil and gas extraction) and construction accounted for 43 percent of private nonfarm earnings growth in North Dakota. North Dakota’s 2012 per capita personal income was $51,893, the 6th highest in the nation, while U.S. per capita personal income was $42,693. For more information, please visit the BEA website.

2011 EMPLOYMENT IN GREEN GOODS AND SERVICES
March 28, 2013
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published green goods and services employment results by state and industry. In 2011, 3.4 million jobs in the United States were associated with the production of green goods and services, up from 3.2 million jobs in 2010. Green Goods and Services (GGS) jobs are found in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. GGS jobs accounted for 2.6 percent of total U.S. employment in 2011, up from 2.5 percent in 2010. Among the states, California had the largest number of GGS jobs (360,245), accounting for 2.5 percent of employment in the state. Oregon had the highest proportion of GGS employment at 4.3 percent (North Dakota’s proportion was 2.5 percent). North Dakota’s GGS employment totaled 9,481 in 2011 which is 7.9 percent higher than 2010 levels. North Dakota’s private sector reported 6,891 in GGS employment with 58 percent in the manufacturing and construction industries. Manufacturing’s proportion of employment tied to GGS was 10.7 percent in North Dakota, the highest rate in the nation. The GGS employment results are output-based jobs which are associated with producing goods or providing services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. Only select industries were considered potentially green based on consultations with industry groups, government agencies, stakeholders, and the public. Only the employment associated with the production of green goods and services within these selected industries is counted as GGS jobs. For more information about the GGS survey and results, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Green Goods and Services page.

FEBRUARY 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
March 28, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in February 2013. Employers reported an estimated 20,600 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 5.0 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s February 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, which is lower than the prior month but higher than the 3.8 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released April 2nd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.7 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

FEBRUARY 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
March 28, 2013
In February 2013, North Dakota initial claims were higher by 14.0 percent (+230) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase (+130), followed by Natural Resources & Mining and Information. Of the thirteen industries, eight reported year-over-year increases in initial claims while the remaining five reported decreases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Ward (+86), a 92.5 percent increase, followed by Williams (+38) and Grand Forks (+35). Morton County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year. Thirty-two North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while five reported no change in claims and the remaining sixteen reported decreases. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

2012 METRO, MICRO, AND COUNTY POPULATION ESTIMATES
March 18, 2013
U.S. Census population estimates for 2012 by metro, micro, and county areas were released in mid-March. Of North Dakota's 53 counties, 38 reported annual population gains since July, 1st 2011. Much of the gains occurred in the western half of the state. The county reporting the largest numeric increase was Cass (+3,537) while Pembina reported the largest decline (-116). A total of 15 counties reported 2012 population declines. Almost all of the ten fastest-growing counties in 2012 were related to the increase in western North Dakota oil activity. Five counties reported declines of at least one percent or more between 2011 and 2012 led by Sheridan with a decline of 3.3 percent. For North Dakota's three metro areas, Bismarck's 2.4 percent growth rate ranked 12 nationally while Fargo's 1.8 percent growth rate ranked 36 out of a possible 381 metros. The Grand Forks growth rate (+0.8 percent) ranked 134. Of the nation's 536 micro areas, Williston ranked as the fastest growing in the country and third in the largest-growing category. The Dickinson micro area also ranked among the nation's top 10 fastest growing. Visit the U.S. Census Bureau website for more information.

2012 EMPLOYMENT ESTIMATES BENCHMARK REVISION
March 18, 2013
The annual benchmarking process for the Current Employment Statistics (CES) employment estimates series was recently finalized. Benchmarking is the process of establishing a new set of data which affects a series of estimates through revisions, usually the most recent two years. A benchmark is a standard or point of reference in measuring or judging the quality of estimated figures when compared to a universe count of data or more recent data. For 2012, North Dakota’s original estimated annual employment change was +6.0 percent, which has been revised to +8.3 percent after benchmarking. The three industries responsible for nearly 70 percent of the upward revision were Mining & Logging, Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities, and Construction. Since 2002, North Dakota has added 100,000 jobs to its economy according to benchmarked data, which translates to a gain of 30.3 percent over the ten-year period. This revision affects 2012 and 2011 data for North Dakota and its three metro areas (Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks). Additionally, seasonally adjusted data back to 1990 may have been revised. The NDWIN database has been updated with the CES benchmark revisions.

OUT-OF-STATE AND LONG COMMUTES: 2011
March 18, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a report entitled Out-of-State and Long Commutes: 2011. The report uses state-level data from the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). The results show that 4.5 percent of North Dakota workers living in the state had one-way commute times of 60 minutes or longer. Meanwhile, 5.7 percent of North Dakota workers living in a different state had one-way commute times of 60 minutes or longer. Out of 50 states, North Dakota reported the 3rd highest percentage of its workers living in a different state (11.6 percent). Only Delaware and Rhode Island reported higher rates. Of North Dakota resident workers, 4.1 percent reported working in a different state.

JANUARY 2013 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
March 18, 2013
In January 2013, North Dakota initial claims were higher by 10.4 percent (+424) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase (+208), followed by Natural Resources & Mining and Information. Of the thirteen industries, seven reported year-over-year increases in initial claims while one reported no change and the remaining five reported decreases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass (+151), a 20.3 percent increase, followed by Pembina (+82) and Rolette (+82). Grand Forks County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year. Thirty North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while five reported no change in claims and the remaining eighteen reported decreases. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

JANUARY 2013 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
March 18, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in January 2013. Employers reported an estimated 22,700 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 5.6 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s January 2013 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, which is higher than the prior month and higher than the 3.9 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released March 25th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.9 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

Q3 2012 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
March 5, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 3rd quarter (Jul-Sep) 2012 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 Q3 2012, North Dakota employment rose 8.9 percent compared to a year ago, an increase of 34,030 jobs. Average weekly wages were $872, higher by 6.3 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 (+8,222), Construction (+4,929), and Transportation and Warehousing (+4,921). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Williams with 11,245 jobs, a 45.2 percent increase, followed by Cass (+4,551), Ward (+3,673), Stark (+3,375), and Burleigh (+2,560). For a detailed summary of the Q3 2012 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

FEBRUARY 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
March 5, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the February 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 18,749 open and available positions in February 2013. Openings were higher by 1.3 percent (+248) over the prior month and 7.3 percent higher (+1,269) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

ANNUAL 2012 MASS LAYOFF STATISTICS REPORT
February 5, 2013
The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program uses a standardized, automated approach to identify, describe, and track the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from each state’s unemployment insurance database. North Dakota’s annual 2012 Mass Layoff Statistics report was recently released. North Dakota reported 172 layoff events in 2012 which is up from 119 in 2011. Total worker separations totaled 5,643 in 2012 which is an increase of 2,103 from 2011. Visit our Mass Layoff Statistics page to view the current report or to access additional quarterly or annual reports back to 2000.

JANUARY 2013 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
February 5, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the January 2013 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 18,501 open and available positions in January 2013. Openings were lower by 6.9 percent (-1,362) over the prior month but 14.7 percent higher (+2,365) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

LARGEST EMPLOYER REPORT UPDATES
January 18, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has updated and posted results for the largest employer reports. The latest reports are based on 2011 annual averages. 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. Beginning with the 2011 largest employer reports, a few notable changes have been implemented. We've expanded the number of local area reports by focusing on county geographies rather than the state's largest cities, though many of the largest cities dominate their home counties. This change in geographic coverage will expand the availability of reports to areas that previously did not have access to one. Due to these and other methodological changes, comparisons to older reports are not recommended.

DECEMBER 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
January 18, 2013
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in December 2012. Employers reported an estimated 13,900 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.4 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s December 2012 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, which is higher than the prior month but unchanged from the 3.3 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, metro, and county data will be released January 23rd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.8 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

DECEMBER 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
January 18, 2013
In December 2012, North Dakota initial claims were higher by 14.8 percent (+631) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase (+402), followed by Natural Resources & Mining (+141) and Construction (+68). Of the thirteen industries, ten reported year-over-year increases in initial claims while the other three reported decreases. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass (+244), a 33.3 percent increase, followed by Grand Forks (+115), and Ward (+87). Stutsman County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year. Twenty-six North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while five reported no change in claims and the remaining twenty-two reported decreases. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

2013 DATA RELEASE SCHEDULE
January 8, 2013
An updated 2013 data release schedule is now available for some of our most sought after data including labor force and unemployment stats and wage data by industry and occupation across many geographies. The schedule covers the January 2013 through January 2014 time period. Also, you may be able to link directly to an icalendar version. For details, visit the data release schedule page.

DECEMBER 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
January 8, 2013
The Labor Market Information Center has released the December 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumés activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 19,863 open and available positions in December 2012. Openings were lower by 9.4 percent (-2,064) over the prior month but 0.1 percent higher (+22) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.


2012

2012 STATE POPULATION ESTIMATES
December 21, 2012
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released state-level population estimates for 2012. North Dakota ranked as the fastest-growing state between 2011 and 2012 (+2.2 percent). By contrast, North Dakota was 37th in percent growth between the 2000 and 2010 censuses and 6th between 2010 and 2011. North Dakota's 2012 population estimate was 699,628 which is an increase of 14,888 residents since 2011. North Dakota has added more than 27,000 residents to its population since the 2010 census which translates into a 4 percent growth rate, the fastest growth rate of any state in the nation. While North Dakota recorded the fastest growth rate between 2011 and 2012, Texas reported the largest numeric increase in residents (+427,400). For a summary of the 2012 state population estimates, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau website. More detailed 2012 population estimates will be released throughout 2013 including the total population of counties and incorporated places, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, and race.

2011 STATE-TO-STATE MIGRATION FLOW DATA
December 21, 2012
State-to-state migration flow data were recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data are based on the American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates for 2011. The national movers rate was 15.2 percent according to the 2011 ACS data. The movers rate is the proportion of an area’s resident population 1 year and over that didn’t live at the same residence one year prior. The state reporting the highest movers rate in 2011 was Nevada with 22.5 percent followed by Arizona (20.2 percent) and Colorado (19.8 percent). North Dakota ranked 11th at 17.1 percent. Of all North Dakota residents in 2011 who reported a different address from a year prior, 28.2 percent moved from another state ranking North Dakota’s in-migration rate 3rd highest in the nation. The five states contributing the most out-of-state movers to North Dakota were Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin, California, and Arizona. For more information on the 2011 ACS state-to-state migration flow data, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau website.

Q3 2012 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
December 21, 2012
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released third quarter (Jul-Sep) 2012 state personal income estimates. For all states, personal income growth slowed to 0.5 percent in the third quarter of 2012, from 0.7 percent in the second quarter. Growth slowed in 34 states, accelerated in 11, and was unchanged in 5. Personal income growth ranged from 1.4 percent in North Dakota to -1.6 percent in South Dakota. Mining earnings (including oil and gas earnings) fell in most states, including major energy producers such as Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, Alaska, and West Virginia. North Dakota, however, continued to expand and mining earnings grew 1.6 percent in the third quarter. North Dakota mining earnings have grown fivefold in three years. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

NOVEMBER 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
December 21, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in November 2012. Employers reported an estimated 18,400 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.5 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s November 2012 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, which is higher than the prior month but lower than the 2.9 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released December 26th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.7 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

NOVEMBER 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
December 21, 2012
In November 2012, North Dakota initial claims were higher by 41.4 percent (+1,095) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase (+533), followed by Construction (+260) and Natural Resources & Mining (+165). Four industries reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims of less than ten each. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass (+384), an 84.4 percent increase, followed by Ward (+100), and Grand Forks (+39). Grant County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year. Thirty-nine North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while three reported no change in claims and the remaining eleven reported decreases. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

NOVEMBER 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
December 4, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the November 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 21,927 open and available positions in November 2012. Openings were lower by 1.1 percent (-234) over the prior month but 14.7 percent higher (+2,815) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

Q2 2012 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
December 4, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 2nd quarter (Apr-Jun) 2012 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. For a detailed summary of the Q2 2012 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

OCTOBER 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
November 20, 2012
In October 2012, North Dakota initial claims were higher by 15.8 percent (+228) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Other Services reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease (-19) while Manufacturing reported the largest over-the-year increase (+90). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Morton (-26), a 24.1 percent decrease, followed by Mercer (-20), and Burleigh (-16). Ward County reported the largest numeric increase over the year. Fifteen North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while two reported no change in claims and the remaining thirty-six reported increases. Most counties with over-the-year increases (75 percent) reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

OCTOBER 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
November 20, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in October 2012. Employers reported an estimated 21,600 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 5.3 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s October 2012 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.4 percent, which is higher than the prior month but lower than the 2.7 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released November 26th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.9 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

Q3 2012 MASS LAYOFF STATISTICS REPORT
November 6, 2012
The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program uses a standardized, automated approach to identify, describe, and track the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from each state’s unemployment insurance database. North Dakota’s Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2012 Mass Layoff Statistics report was recently released. North Dakota reported 17 layoff events in Q3 2012 which is up from 8 a year earlier. Total worker separations totaled 499 in Q3 2012 which is an increase of 328 from a year earlier. Visit our Mass Layoff Statistics page to view the current report or to access additional quarterly or annual reports back to 2000.

OCTOBER 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
November 6, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the October 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 22,161 open and available positions in October 2012. Openings were lower by 0.9 percent (-208) over the prior month but 21.1 percent higher (+3,854) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

SEPTEMBER 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
October 19, 2012
In September 2012, North Dakota initial claims were higher by 57.5 percent (+518) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease (-45), followed by Leisure & Hospitality (-24), and Retail Trade (-17). Manufacturing reported the largest over-the-year increase. The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Cass (-14), a 5.4 percent decrease, followed by Traill (-8), Barnes (-6), and Mountrail (-6). Seventeen North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while four reported no change in claims and the remaining thirty-two reported increases. Most counties with over-the-year increases (69 percent) reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

SEPTEMBER 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
October 19, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in September 2012. Employers reported an estimated 22,300 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 5.6 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s September 2012 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.4 percent, which is lower than the prior month and lower than the 2.9 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released October 24th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 7.8 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

NDWIN PRODUCTS PAGE CHANGES
October 2, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center discontinued the print production and distribution of hardcopies of ALL our products earlier this year. Instead, products are available exclusively online in an electronic format. If desired, you may print any product from your local printer. In our move away from hardcopies to online-exclusive formats, we also took this opportunity to revamp our products webpage for the first time in five years. For a vast majority of our existing products the transition is seamless and intuitive. Also, new product links have been added so don’t hesitate to explore those too. We’ve created a transition guide outlining product link changes from the old page to the new page. The guide is also available by clicking on the link at the top of the Products page. Also, the quick links on our homepage have been changed to highlight our most popular products.

SEPTEMBER 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
October 2, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the September 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 22,369 open and available positions in September 2012. Openings were higher by 1.3 percent (+297) over the prior month and 30.3 percent higher (+5,196) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

Q2 2012 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
October 2, 2012
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released second quarter 2012 state personal income estimates. For all states, personal income growth slowed to 1.0 percent in the second quarter of 2012, from 1.7 percent in the first quarter. Growth slowed in 39 states plus the District of Columbia, accelerated in 10, and was unchanged in Nevada. Personal income growth ranged from 2.1 percent in North Dakota to 0.4 percent in New Mexico. This is the fourth consecutive quarter where North Dakota’s growth rate was above 2.0 percent. The mining industry was the biggest contributor to North Dakota’s income gain. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

AUGUST 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
September 21, 2012
In August 2012, North Dakota initial claims were lower by 27.6 percent (-461) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease (-481), followed by Professional & Business Services (-47), and Leisure & Hospitality (-37). Three industries tied with the largest over-the-year increase of 51 each (Natural Resources & Mining; Construction; Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Pembina (-132), a 84.6 percent decrease, followed by Traill (-119), and Grand Forks (-74). Twenty-seven North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while four reported no change in claims and the remaining twenty-two reported increases. Most counties with over-the-year increases (73 percent) reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

AUGUST 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
September 21, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in August 2012. Employers reported an estimated 26,000 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 6.6 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s August 2012 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, which is lower than the prior month and lower than the 3.5 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released September 26th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 8.1 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

2012 BENEFITS GUIDE
September 21, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center recently released the 2012 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. Every couple of years, 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.

CAREERS IN NORTH DAKOTA 2012 EDITION
September 4, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has just released an updated version of Careers in North Dakota. The 2012 edition has an expanded format to include even more career information including interactive links to Career Conversation videos. This comprehensive publication covers nearly everything you ever wanted to know about career opportunities in North Dakota including employment projections, wages, core tasks, 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. 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.

AUGUST 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
September 4, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the August 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 22,072 open and available positions in August 2012. Openings were higher by 5.2 percent (+1,093) over the prior month and 36.1 percent higher (+5,860) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

Q1 2012 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
September 4, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 1st quarter (Jan-Mar) 2012 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. For a detailed summary of the Q1 2012 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

2010 COUNTY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
September 4, 2012
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2010 estimates of health insurance coverage for each of the nation’s roughly 3,140 counties. North Dakota’s uninsured rate for those under the age of 65 was 11.4 percent, the 9th lowest in the country. The North Dakota county with the lowest uninsured rate was Mercer at 8.4 percent while the county with the highest uninsured rate was Grant at 25.6 percent. For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Interactive Data Tool webpage to query the health insurance data.

2011-2013 SHORT-TERM EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS
August 17, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center recently released a report of the 2011-2013 short-term industry and occupation employment projections for North Dakota. The report summarizes the numeric and percent changes by industry and occupation as well as growth openings, replacement openings, average wages, and typical entry-level education requirements by occupation. The report also highlights 'Bright Outlook' occupations which are projected to generate a large number of growth openings over the two-year time period or post a projected growth rate higher than the statewide average for all occupations.

JULY 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
August 17, 2012
In July 2012, North Dakota initial claims were lower by 19.9 percent (-435) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease (-252), followed by Leisure & Hospitality (-81), and Educational & Health Services (-61). Natural Resources & Mining reported the largest over-the-year increase (+54). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Ward (-223), a 74.6 percent decrease, followed by Sargent (-95), and Barnes (-77). Eighteen North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while ten reported no change in claims and the remaining twenty-five reported increases. Most counties with over-the-year increases (68 percent) reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

JULY 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
August 17, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in July 2012. Employers reported an estimated 26,800 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 6.9 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s July 2012 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9 percent, which is lower than the prior month and lower than the 3.4 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released August 22nd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 8.3 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

JULY 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
August 7, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the July 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 20,979 open and available positions in July 2012. Openings were lower by 7.6 percent (-1,716) over the prior month but 43.3 percent higher (+6,337) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2010-2020 EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROJECTIONS
August 7, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has just released the 2010-2020 education and training projections report. With the release of the 2010-2020 employment projections, the way in which occupations are classified based on education, experience, and training has been revised. The old system assigned a singular category for the most significant source of education or training needed to become fully qualified in an occupation. The new system assigns three categories (typical entry-level education, related work experience, and typical on-the-job training) to each occupation and presents a more complete picture of the education and training needed for entry into a given occupation and to become competent at performing the occupation. The new report is available by visiting the Long-Term Employment Projections page.

Q2 2012 MASS LAYOFF STATISTICS REPORT
August 7, 2012
The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program uses a standardized, automated approach to identify, describe, and track the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from each state’s unemployment insurance database. North Dakota’s Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2012 Mass Layoff Statistics report was recently released. North Dakota reported 23 layoff events in Q2 2012 which is up from 7 a year earlier. Total worker separations totaled 575 in Q2 2012 which is an increase of 368 from a year earlier. Visit our Mass Layoff Statistics page to view the current report or to access additional quarterly or annual reports back to 2000.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE AT HOME: 2010
August 7, 2012
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2010 data tables providing information about computer and Internet use from the Current Population Survey (CPS). The tables display national and state level data and examine householder and individual characteristics by school enrollment, age, race, and sex. Additional tables examine how and why people connect to the Internet. For more information, please visit the Computer and Internet Use at Home webpage.

NORTH DAKOTA EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS 2010-2020
July 20, 2012
The 2010-2020 edition of North Dakota Employment Projections is now available. Job Service North Dakota’s Labor Market Information Center has just completed and finalized long-term projections through 2020 covering more than 100 industries and 500 occupations. The publication is a long-term look at North Dakota's future employment trends by industry and occupation updated every two years. Long-term employment projections attempt to identify industries and occupations in which job openings are expected to occur and provide insight into the state’s rapidly-growing, stable, or declining industries and occupations.

JUNE 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
July 20, 2012
In June 2012, North Dakota initial claims were lower by 28.9 percent (-559) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease (-178), followed by Leisure & Hospitality (-107), and Retail Trade (-82). Natural Resources & Mining reported the only over-the-year increase (+27). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Ward (-240), a 75.2 percent decrease, followed by Burleigh (-83), and Barnes (-70). Thirty-two North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while eleven reported no change in claims and the remaining ten reported increases. Most counties with over-the-year increases (80 percent) reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

JUNE 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
July 20, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in June 2012. Employers reported an estimated 26,300 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 6.6 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s June 2012 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, which is higher than the prior month but lower than the 4.0 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released July 25th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent, down from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 8.2 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

2011 CITY POPULATION ESTIMATES
July 3, 2012
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released annual 2011 city population estimates. Nationally, Bismarck ranked as the 86th fastest-growing city out of 715 with populations over 50,000. Bismarck added 1,391 residents since the 2010 Census for a 2.3 percent gain. Fargo and Grand Forks ranked 180 and 696, respectively. Fargo gained 1,800 (+1.7 percent) residents while Grand Forks lost 207 (-0.4 percent). The growth rates for North Dakota’s ten largest cities ranged from +8.8 percent for Williston to -0.5 percent for Wahpeton. The five largest-growing North Dakota cities were Fargo (+1,800), Minot (+1,597), Bismarck (+1,393), Williston (+1,290), and Dickinson (+712). For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates webpage.

Q1 2012 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
July 3, 2012
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released first quarter 2012 state personal income estimates. State personal income growth accelerated to 0.8 percent in the first quarter of 2012, from 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. Personal income rose in 47 of the 50 states, fell in Kansas and Mississippi, and was unchanged in Oklahoma. The percent change across states ranged from +2.3 percent in North Dakota to -0.3 percent in Mississippi. North Dakota construction earnings grew more than 4.0 percent in the first quarter of 2012, substantially above the national average. Nationally, construction earnings have grown continuously but slowly for five consecutive quarters. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

2011 HOUSING UNIT ESTIMATES
July 3, 2012
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released annual 2011 county housing unit estimates. Nationally, Williams County ranked as the 60th fastest-growing county among those with 5,000 or more housing units. Williams County added 253 housing units since the 2010 Census for a 2.4 percent gain. The only other North Dakota county to rank in the top 100 nationally was Cass which also grew 2.4 percent (+1,622). Of all North Dakota counties, seven reported housing unit gains of 100 or more and accounted for all the statewide gain. The seven counties reporting triple-digit gains were Cass (+1,622), Burleigh (+655), Ward (+477), Williams (+253), Grand Forks (+195), Stark (+150), and Mountrail (+122). For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau Housing Unit Estimates webpage.

JUNE 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
July 3, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the June 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 22,695 open and available positions in June 2012. Openings were lower by 2.8 percent (-655) over the prior month but 57.9 percent higher (+8,321) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA BOOK
July 3, 2012
The 2012 edition of the North Dakota Unemployment Insurance Data Book is now available. The publication is updated on an annual basis and contains a 30-year summary of statistical data, graphs, and narrative descriptions pertinent to North Dakota's unemployment insurance program. The publication is available online by visiting our Products area.

MAY 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
June 15, 2012
In May 2012, North Dakota initial claims were lower by 1.5 percent (-26) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease (-122), followed by Professional & Business Services (-65) and Leisure & Hospitality (-35). Manufacturing reported the largest over-the-year increase (+134). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Cass (-56), an 18.7 percent decrease, followed by Ward (-47), and Burleigh (-43). Twenty-three North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while six reported no change in claims and the remaining twenty-four reported increases. Most counties with over-the-year increases (79.2 percent) reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

MAY 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
June 15, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in May 2012. Employers reported an estimated 26,700 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 6.8 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s May 2012 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, which is lower than the prior month and lower than the 3.2 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released June 20th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 8.2 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

Q4 2011 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
June 5, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 4th quarter (Oct, Nov, Dec) 2011 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. For a detailed summary of the Q4 2011 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

LOCAL EMPLOYMENT DYNAMICS REPORT
June 5, 2012
Local Employment Dynamics (LED), a partnership between state labor market information agencies and the U.S. Census Bureau, supplies statistical measures on a local area’s rapidly changing economy and labor market. Some of the stats include job creation, turnover, and industry earnings by age and gender. Quarterly reports were created summarizing select LED data for select North Dakota locales. The purpose of the reports is to give LED users a better idea of how to use the data in everyday analysis and uncover the potential power of this dataset. The reports are available online by visiting our Products area. The newest reports cover 2nd quarter 2011.

NORTH DAKOTA EMPLOYMENT & WAGES 2012 EDITION
June 5, 2012
The 2012 edition of North Dakota Employment & Wages is now available. The publication is updated annually and is the most accurate source for detailed industrial employment and wage information for North Dakota, its regions, and counties. The latest publication covers the annual 2011 data reference period. The publication is available exclusively online and will no longer be printed by the Labor Market Information Center. The new employment and wage data are also available interactively by visiting Analyzer.

MAY 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
June 5, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the May 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 23,350 open and available positions in May 2012. Openings were lower by 2.9 percent (-709) over the prior month but 55.8 percent higher (+8,362) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

APRIL 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
May 18, 2012
In April 2012, North Dakota initial claims were lower by 22.2 percent (-391) when compared to a year ago. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease (-175), followed by Professional & Business Services (-81) and Educational & Health Services (-39). Manufacturing was the only industry reporting an over-the-year increase (+17). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Cass (-109), a 28 percent decrease, followed by Burleigh (-60), and Grand Forks (-49). Twenty-eight North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while eleven reported no change in claims and the remaining fourteen reported increases. Most counties with increases reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

APRIL 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
May 18, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in April 2012. Employers reported an estimated 25,700 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 6.6 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s April 2012 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, which is lower than the prior month and lower than the 3.5 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released May 23rd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 8.1 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

ANNUAL 2011 LABOR UNDERUTILIZATION RATES
May 1, 2012
Alternative measures of unemployment are also referred to as labor underutilization. In addition to the headline unemployment rate (U-3), there are five additional measures (U-1, U-2, and U-4 through U-6) that either broaden or narrow the scope of unemployment. First quarter (Jan-Mar) 2012 data were recently released and show North Dakota continued to record the lowest rates for all six measures, including a U-3 of 3.5 percent, a U-1 of 1.1 percent, and a U-6 of 6.3 percent. Only six other states had U-3 values of less than 6.0 percent over the latest four-quarter average period: Iowa, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. These states also had among the lowest rates for all of the other alternative measures. Nevada reported the highest rate for all six alternative measures of labor underutilization ranging from a U-2 of 8.0 percent to a U-6 of 22.3 percent. Due to sample limitations, geographic detail is limited to the U.S. and state-level. Data for smaller geographies are not available. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics made these data available at the state level beginning in 2003 and has been updating the data quarterly. A labor underutilization rates spreadsheet with all the state data and definitions can be found in our Economic Data Center on NDWIN.

Q1 2012 MASS LAYOFF STATISTICS REPORT
May 1, 2012
The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program uses a standardized, automated approach to identify, describe, and track the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from each state’s unemployment insurance database. North Dakota’s first quarter (Jan-Mar) 2012 Mass Layoff Statistics report was recently released. North Dakota reported 27 layoff events in first quarter 2012 which is up from the 26 reported a year earlier. Total worker separations totaled 468 in first quarter 2012 which is a drop of 325 from a year earlier. Visit our Mass Layoff Statistics page to view the current report or to access additional quarterly or annual reports back to 2000.

APRIL 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
May 1, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the April 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 24,059 open and available positions in April 2012. Openings were higher by 16.0 percent (+3,311) over the prior month and 66.2 percent higher (+9,584) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2011 METRO, MICRO, AND COUNTY POPULATION ESTIMATES
April 20, 2012
U.S. Census population estimates for 2011 by metro, micro, and county areas were released in early April. Of North Dakota’s 53 counties, 27 reported annual population gains since July, 1st 2010. Much of the gains occurred in the western half of the state. The county reporting the largest numeric increase was Cass (+2,105) while Grand Forks reported the largest decline (-347). A total of twenty-five counties reported 2011 population declines, while one county reported no change. Almost all of the ten fastest-growing counties in 2011 were related to the increase in western North Dakota oil activity. Nine counties reported declines of at least one percent or more between 2010 and 2011 led by Grant with a decline of 2.2 percent. For North Dakota’s three metro areas, Bismarck’s 1.4 percent growth rate ranked 53 nationally while Fargo’s 1.3 percent growth rate ranked 68 out of a possible 366 metros. The Grand Forks growth rate (-0.5 percent) ranked 354. Of the nation’s 576 micro areas, Williston ranked as the fastest growing in the country and ninth in the largest-growing category. Two other North Dakota micro areas also ranked among the nation’s top 10 fastest growing (Dickinson and Minot). Visit the U.S. Census Bureau website for more information.

MARCH 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
April 20, 2012
In March 2012, North Dakota initial claims were lower by 7.3 percent (-129) when compared to March 2011. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease (-217), followed by Retail Trade (-32) and Educational and Health Services (-27). Five industries reported over-the-year increases led by Manufacturing (+123). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Cass (-96), a 23.4 percent decrease, followed by Burleigh (-84), and Ward (-52). Twenty-five North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while six reported no change in claims and the remaining twenty-two reported increases. Most counties with increases reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

MARCH 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
April 20, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in March. Employers reported an estimated 25,200 more jobs when compared to March 2011, a 6.6 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s March not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent. The March statistic is lower than February's rate and lower than the 4.1 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released April 25th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s March unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, down from February. The U.S. rate was 8.2 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

WAGES FOR NORTH DAKOTA JOBS 2012 EDITION
April 3, 2012
The 2012 edition of Wages for North Dakota Jobs is now available. The publication is an annual reference guide providing hourly and annual wage and employment estimates for most occupations in the state and its metro and nonmetro areas. The publication is available exclusively online and will no longer be printed by the Labor Market Information Center. The new wage data are also available interactively by visiting Analyzer.

MARCH 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
April 3, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the March 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 20,748 open and available positions in March 2012. Openings were higher by 18.7 percent (+3,268) over the prior month and 54.8 percent higher (+7,345) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2010 EMPLOYMENT IN GREEN GOODS AND SERVICES
March 30, 2012
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published green goods and services employment results by state and industry. In 2010, 3.1 million jobs in the United States were associated with the production of green goods and services. Green Goods and Services (GGS) jobs are found in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. GGS jobs accounted for 2.4 percent of total U.S. employment in 2010. Among the states, California had the largest number of GGS jobs (338,400), accounting for 2.3 percent of employment in the state. Vermont had the highest proportion of GGS employment at 4.4 percent. For North Dakota, GGS employment totaled 8,407 in 2010 which is 2.3 percent of total employment. North Dakota’s private sector reported 6,910 in GGS employment with 69.4 percent in the manufacturing and construction industries. Manufacturing’s proportion of employment tied to GGS is 16.7 percent in North Dakota, the highest in the nation. The GGS employment results are output-based jobs which are associated with producing goods or providing services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. Only select industries were considered potentially green based on consultations with industry groups, government agencies, stakeholders, and the public. Only the employment associated with the production of green goods and services within these selected industries is counted as GGS jobs. For more information about the GGS survey and results, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Green Goods and Services page.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR NDWIN INTERNET CALENDAR USERS
March 30, 2012
If you initially subscribed to our NDWIN internet calendar, or icalendar, prior to March 30th, 2012, you will have to resubscribe if you want to continue to receive automatic updates to our data release schedule. For details, visit the Data Release Schedule page.

FEBRUARY 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
March 30, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in February. Employers reported an estimated 26,100 more jobs when compared to February 2011, a 6.9 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s February not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent. The February statistic is higher than January's rate but lower than the 4.2 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released April 3rd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s February unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, down from January. The U.S. rate was 8.3 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

LOCAL EMPLOYMENT DYNAMICS REPORT
March 30, 2012
Local Employment Dynamics (LED), a partnership between state labor market information agencies and the U.S. Census Bureau, supplies statistical measures on a local area’s rapidly changing economy and labor market. Some of the stats include job creation, turnover, and industry earnings by age and gender. Quarterly reports were created summarizing select LED data for select North Dakota locales. The purpose of the reports is to give LED users a better idea of how to use the data in everyday analysis and uncover the potential power of this dataset. The reports are available online by visiting our Products area. The newest reports cover 1st quarter 2011.

FEBRUARY 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
March 30, 2012
In February 2012, North Dakota initial claims were lower by 17.2 percent (-341) when compared to February 2011. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease (-164), followed by Professional and Business Services (-56) and Retail Trade (-48). Three industries reported over-the-year increases led by Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities (+9). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Cass (-115), a 25.9 percent decrease, followed by Ward (-63), and Stutsman (-42). Twenty-eight North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while four reported no change in claims and the remaining twenty-one reported increases. Most counties with increases reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

JANUARY 2012 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
March 13, 2012
In January 2012, North Dakota initial claims fell 6.9 percent (-302) when compared to January 2011. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease (-104), followed by Manufacturing (-73) and Retail Trade (-47). Three industries reported over-the-year increases led by Natural Resources and Mining (+62). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Burleigh (-139), a 24.8 percent decrease, followed by Cass (-76), and Pembina (-51). Twenty-six North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while four reported no change in claims and the remaining twenty-three reported increases. Most counties with increases reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

JANUARY 2012 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
March 13, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in January. Employers reported an estimated 23,900 more jobs when compared to January 2011, a 6.3 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s January not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent. The January statistic is higher than December's rate but lower than the 4.4 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released March 20th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s January unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, down from December. The U.S. rate was 8.3 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.

FEBRUARY 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
March 6, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the February 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 17,480 open and available positions in February 2012. Openings were higher by 8.3 percent (+1,344) over the prior month and 50.9 percent higher (+5,899) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page. Also, at the top of the OJOR page is a link to review new 2012 report enhancements.

Q3 2011 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
March 6, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 3rd quarter (Jul, Aug, Sep) 2011 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. For a detailed summary of the Q3 2011 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

JANUARY 2012 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
February 14, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the January 2012 Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 16,136 open and available positions in January 2012. Openings were lower by 18.7 percent (-3,705) over the prior month but 57 percent higher (+5,856) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page. Also, at the top of the OJOR page is a link to review new 2012 report enhancements.

ANNUAL 2011 MASS LAYOFF STATISTICS REPORT
February 14, 2012
The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program uses a standardized, automated approach to identify, describe, and track the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from each state’s unemployment insurance database. North Dakota’s annual 2011 Mass Layoff Statistics report was recently released. North Dakota reported 119 layoff events in 2011 which is down from 125 a year earlier. Total worker separations totaled 3,540 in 2011 which is a drop of 1,253 or 26 percent from a year earlier. Visit our Mass Layoff Statistics page to view the current report or to access additional quarterly or annual reports back to 2000.

ANNUAL 2011 LABOR UNDERUTILIZATION RATES
February 14, 2012
Alternative measures of unemployment are also referred to as labor underutilization. In addition to the headline unemployment rate (U-3), there are five additional measures (U-1, U-2, and U-4 through U-6) that either broaden or narrow the scope of unemployment. Annual 2011 data were recently released and show North Dakota continued to record the lowest rates for all six measures, including a U-3 of 3.6 percent, a U-1 of 1.2 percent, and a U-6 of 6.6 percent. Only six other states had U-3 values of less than 6.0 percent over the latest 4-quarter average period: Iowa, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. These states also had among the lowest rates for all of the other alternative measures. Nevada reported the highest rate for all six alternative measures of labor underutilization ranging from a U-2 of 8.5 percent to a U-6 of 22.7 percent. Due to sample limitations, geographic detail is limited to the U.S. and state-level. Data for smaller geographies are not available. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics made these data available at the state level beginning in 2005 and has been updating the data quarterly. A labor underutilization rates spreadsheet with all the state data and definitions can be found in our Economic Data Center on NDWIN.

2010-2020 NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS
February 14, 2012
Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released national 2010-2020 long-term employment projections. Industries and occupations related to health care, personal care and social assistance, and construction are projected to have the fastest job growth between 2010 and 2020. Total employment is projected to grow by 14.3 percent over the decade, resulting in 20.5 million new jobs. Despite rapid projected growth, construction is not expected to regain all of the jobs lost during the 2007-09 recession. The 2010-20 projections incorporate a new BLS system that depicts education, training, and related work experience typically needed for occupations. In occupations in which a master’s degree is typically needed for entry, employment is expected to grow by 21.7 percent, faster than the growth rate for any other education category. In occupations in which apprenticeship is the typical on-the-job training, employment is expected to grow by 22.5 percent, faster than for any other on-the-job training category. For additional details on the national projections, please visit the BLS employment projections website. North Dakota 2010-2020 employment projections are scheduled for release in July 2012.

2012 BENEFITS SURVEY
February 6, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center is surveying more than 10,000 employers across North Dakota about the benefits offered to their employees. The survey is being conducted exclusively online. A letter was sent out to those employers invited to participate in the survey. Included in the letter was an assigned, unique password needed to fill out the survey. Employer participation is crucial in generating the kind of results that help businesses make sound economic decisions. To begin the survey, click on the Benefits Survey link (again, a password is required to participate). If you have questions or need help filling out the survey, contact us at 701-328-3049.

DECEMBER 2011 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
January 30, 2012
The Labor Market Information Center has released the December 2011 Online Job Openings Report, a monthly recap of online job openings and resumes activity from North Dakota’s largest labor exchange system. Online job openings totaled 20,195 open and available positions in December 2011. Openings were higher by 2.9 percent (+568) over the prior month and 107.0 percent higher (+10,440) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

DECEMBER 2011 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
January 24, 2012
In December 2011, North Dakota initial claims fell 10.2 percent (-485) when compared to December 2010. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease with 196, followed by Government (-86) and Natural Resources and Mining (-65). Two industries, Manufacturing and Financial Activities, reported over-the-year increases in claims of 21 and 6, respectively. The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Ward with -125, a 31.5 percent decrease, followed by Cass (-100), and Burleigh (-69). A majority of North Dakota's counties (64 percent) reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while one county reported no change in claims and the remaining eighteen reported increases. Most counties with increases reported gains of five claims or less. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

DECEMBER 2011 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE ESTIMATES
January 24, 2012
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in December. Employers reported an estimated 22,000 more jobs when compared to December 2010, a 5.7 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s December not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.2 percent. The December statistic is higher than November's rate but lower than the 3.8 percent rate reported one year ago [NOTE: Region, Metro, and County data will be released January 30th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s December unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, down from November. The U.S. rate was 8.5 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force Estimates page.