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2016

2015 CITY POPULATION ESTIMATES
May 20, 2016
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2015 city population estimates. Nationally, Bismarck ranked as the 44th fastest-growing city out of 749 with populations over 50,000. Bismarck added 2,210 residents since 2014 for a 3.2 percent gain. Fargo and Grand Forks ranked 111 and 234, respectively. Fargo gained 2,419 (+2.1 percent) residents while Grand Forks gained 796 (+1.4 percent). The growth rates for North Dakota’s ten largest cities ranged from +9.8 percent for Williston to -0.4 percent for Jamestown. The five largest-growing North Dakota cities were Watford City (+2,505), Fargo (+2,419), Williston (+2,416), Bismarck (+2,210), and West Fargo (+1,846). For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates webpage.

APRIL 2016 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
May 20, 2016
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's April 2016 not seasonally adjusted employment increased by 0.9 percent (+3,900) from the prior month but is down 3.7 percent (-16,700) from the same period one year ago. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s April 2016 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, lower than the prior month but higher than the 2.8 percent rate reported one year prior [region, metro, and county data will be released May 25th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.0 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

APRIL 2016 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
May 20, 2016
North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 7.5 percent (+163) in April 2016 compared to the same month one year ago. Eight of 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+80), followed by Wholesale Trade (+53), and Professional & Business Services (+35). Five industries reported year-over-year numeric decreases led by Natural Resouces & Mining (-62). Thirty of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 16 reported decreases and 7 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 43.3 percent reported increases of less than five. Williams County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+50), followed by Stark (+48) and Ward (+47). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was McKenzie (-28). 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 2016 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
May 4, 2016
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 15,479 open and available positions in April 2016. Openings were higher by 1.5 percent (+236) from the prior month but 27.8 percent lower (-5,969) than the same month one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

MARCH 2016 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
April 18, 2016
North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 15.6 percent (+375) in March 2016 compared to the same month one year ago. Eleven of 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+61), followed by Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+59), Natural Resources & Mining (+53), and Professional & Business Services (+53). The two industries reporting year-over-year numeric decreases were Manufacturing (-81) and Other Services (-3). Twenty-six of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 20 reported decreases and 7 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 46.2 percent reported increases of less than five. Williams County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+114), followed by Ward (+84) and Stark (+41). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Richland (-49). 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 2016 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
April 15, 2016
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's March 2016 not seasonally adjusted employment increased by 0.3 percent (+1,400) from the prior month but is down 4.1 percent (-18,600) from the same period one year ago. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s March 2016 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, higher than the prior month and higher than the 3.4 percent rate reported one year prior [region, metro, and county data will be released April 20th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.0 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

MARCH 2016 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
April 6, 2016
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 15,243 open and available positions in March 2016. Openings were higher by 12.1 percent (+1,644) from the prior month but 22.0 percent lower (-4,301) than the same month one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2015 EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES BY OCCUPATION
April 6, 2016
The 2015 Employment and Wages by Occupation report is now available. Employment and wages by occupation are compiled using results from a 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. Employment and wage (annual and/or hourly) estimates are calculated and summarized for 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 2015 data. The 2015 data are based on new geographic area delineations issued in 2013. Data prior to 2015 are based on 2003 geographic area delineations. Therefore, data for areas with delineation changes will not be comparable resulting in a series break. The new employment and wage data are also available interactively by visiting Analyzer, our online data query tool in NDWIN.

2015 METROPOLITAN, MICROPOLITAN, AND COUNTY POPULATION ESTIMATES
March 24, 2016
U.S. Census population estimates for 2015 by metropolitan and micropolitan areas and counties were recently released. Of North Dakota’s 53 counties, 27 reported population gains since July, 1st 2014. Much of the gains occurred in the western half of the state. The county reporting the largest numeric increase was Cass (+4,236) while Benson reported the largest decline (-101). A total of 24 counties reported year-over-year declines in population estimates between 2014 and 2015. Two counties reported no change in population. Eight of the top ten fastest-growing counties in 2015 were oil and gas producing counties. Since the 2010 Census, the fastest-growing counties have been McKenzie (+101.6 percent), Williams (+57.6 percent), and Mountrail (+34.6 percent). Seven counties reported declines of at least one percent or more between 2014 and 2015 led by Nelson with a decline of 2.4 percent. Of counties with 10,000 or more population in 2014, McKenzie, Williams, and Stark were the top three fastest-growing counties in the nation for 2015. For North Dakota’s three metro areas, Fargo’s growth rate of 2.3 percent ranked it 23rd among all 381 metro areas nationally. Fargo was the fastest-growing metro area outside of the southern and western U.S. Bismarck’s 2.2 percent growth rate ranked 25th while the Grand Forks growth rate (+0.7 percent) ranked 173rd. Of the nation’s 536 micro areas, Williston ranked as the fastest-growing in the country and second in the largest-growing category. Dickinson and Minot also ranked among the nation’s top ten fastest-growing and/or largest-growing micro areas. Visit the U.S. Census Bureau website for more information.

ANNUAL 2015 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
March 24, 2016
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released preliminary annual 2015 state personal income data. Personal income across all states rose an average 4.4 percent in 2015, the same rate as in 2014. State personal income growth ranged from -0.2 percent in North Dakota to 6.3 percent in California. North Dakota's total personal income decreased 0.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, ranking as the slowest-growing state in the nation. A decrease in mining (including oil and gas extraction) and farm earnings accounted for the year-over-year decline in North Dakota’s personal income. North Dakota’s per capita personal income was $54,376, the 9th highest in the nation, while U.S. per capita personal income was $47,669. Connecticut recorded the highest per capita personal income at $66,972. For more information, please visit the BEA website.

FEBRUARY 2016 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
March 24, 2016
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's February 2016 not seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 0.6 percent (-2,600) from the prior month and is down 4.8 percent (-21,700) from the same period one year ago. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s February 2016 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, unchanged from the prior month but higher than the 3.4 percent rate reported one year prior [region, metro, and county data will be released March 30th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 4.9 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

FEBRUARY 2016 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
March 24, 2016
North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 52.9 percent (+1,294) in February 2016 compared to the same month one year ago. All 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims. Of the major industry categories, Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+202), followed by Manufacturing (+201) and Construction (+186). Natural Resources and Mining (+178) and Wholesale Trade (+108) were the other two major industry categories to report year-over-year numeric increases in initial claims of more than 100. Thirty of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 17 reported decreases and 6 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 53.3 percent reported increases of less than five. Cass County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+135), followed by Williams (+98) and Stark (+83). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Grand Forks (-26). 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 2016 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
March 14, 2016
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's January 2016 not seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 2.4 percent (-10,500) from the prior month and is down 4.3 percent (-19,600) from the same period one year ago. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s January 2016 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, up from the prior month and higher than the 3.4 percent rate reported one year prior [region, metro, and county data will be released March 18th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 4.9 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

NORTH DAKOTA EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS 2015-2017
March 2, 2016
The 2015-2017 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 2017 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 historical average for all occupations.

FEBRUARY 2016 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
March 2, 2016
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 13,599 open and available positions in February 2016. Openings were higher by 0.5 percent (+62) from the prior month but 23.1 percent lower (-4,076) than the same month one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

Q3 2015 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
March 2, 2016
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 3rd quarter (Jul-Sep) 2015 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 2015, North Dakota's total employment declined 3.2 percent on a year-over-year basis to 434,443, a decrease of 14,518 jobs. Average weekly wages were $956, lower by 2.3 percent from a year ago. Of 20 major industry categories, 10 reported employment increases and 10 reported employment decreases. The largest employment increases occurred in Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,398), Government (+1,058), and Finance and Insurance (+308). The largest year-over-year declines were reported in Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction (-9,098), Transportation and Warehousing (-2,885), and Construction (-2,314). Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction reported the highest average weekly wage of any major industry at $1,862, lower by 6.7 percent from a year ago. The county with the largest over-the-year numeric increase in employment was Cass adding 1,457 jobs, a 1.3 percent increase, followed by Burleigh (+902) and Rolette (+190). The county experiencing the largest numeric decrease over the year was Williams shedding 7,925 jobs, an 18.6 percent decrease, followed by Stark (-2,912) and Mountrail (-1,721). The county reporting the highest average weekly wage was McKenzie ($1,439), followed by Williams ($1,435) and Oliver ($1,358). Generally, the highest average weekly wages were located in counties with a high concentration of oil and gas activity. For a detailed summary of the Q3 2015 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

JANAURY 2016 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
March 2, 2016
North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 34.4 percent (+1,471) in January 2016 compared to the same month one year ago. Twelve of 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+332), followed by Construction (+329) and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+174). Information reported the only year-over-year decrease in initial claims. Thirty-eight of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 13 reported decreases and 2 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 42.1 percent reported increases of less than five. Cass County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+331), followed by Williams (+210) and Stark (+160). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Adams (-19). 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 2016 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
February 3, 2016
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 13,537 open and available positions in January 2016. Openings were higher by 0.1 percent (+13) from the prior month but 18.5 percent lower (-3,079) than the same month one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

DECEMBER 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
January 26, 2016
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's December 2015 not seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 1.5 percent (-7,100) from the prior month and is down 4.0 percent (-19,000) from the same period one year ago. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s December 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, up from the prior month but unchanged from the 2.8 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released February 1st]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.0 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

DECEMBER 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
January 26, 2016
North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 33.9 percent (+1,664) in December 2015 compared to the same period one year ago. All 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+519), followed by Natural Resources & Mining (+189) and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+182). Thirty-seven of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 14 reported decreases and 2 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 24.3 percent reported increases of less than five. Williams County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+246), followed by Ward (+220) and Cass (+142). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Richland (-26). 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 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
January 6, 2016
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 13,524 open and available positions in December 2015. Openings were lower by 14.9 percent (-2,377) from the prior month and 28.9 percent lower (-5,509) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2016 DATA RELEASE SCHEDULE
January 6, 2016
An updated 2016 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. Also included are release dates for many of our popular products or reports. The schedule covers the January 2016 through December 2016 time period. Also, you may be able to link directly to an internet calendar or icalendar version. For details on the icalendar, review the yellow-highlighted instructions on the data release schedule page.

2015

2015 STATE POPULATION ESTIMATES
December 23, 2015
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released state-level population estimates for 2015. North Dakota ranked as the fastest-growing state between 2014 and 2015 (+2.3 percent). This is the fourth year in a row that North Dakota has ranked as the fastest-growing state. North Dakota's 2015 population estimate was 756,927 which is an increase of 16,887 residents since 2014. North Dakota has added 84,336 residents to its population since the 2010 census which translates to a 12.5 percent growth rate, the fastest growth rate of any state in the nation. While North Dakota recorded the fastest growth rate between 2014 and 2015, Texas reported the largest numeric increase in residents (+490,036). For a summary of the 2015 state population estimates, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau website. More detailed 2015 population estimates will be released throughout 2016 including the total population of counties and incorporated places, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, and race.

Q3 2015 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
December 23, 2015
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released third quarter (Jul-Sep) 2015 state personal income estimates. For all states, personal income grew 1.3 percent in the third quarter of 2015, the same pace as in the second quarter of 2015. Personal income grew in every state with third-quarter personal income growth rates ranging from +0.6 percent in Alaska to +2.2 percent in Nebraska and South Dakota. North Dakota’s third quarter 2015 personal income increased 0.9 percent over second quarter 2015. This is higher than the 0.6 percent gain one year ago and higher than the 1.4 percent loss in the second quarter. Farm earnings were the biggest contributor to third-quarter earnings growth in North Dakota, while the mining industry (which includes oil and gas extraction) was the biggest drag. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

EDUCATION PROFILE
December 18, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center recently released the annual update to the Education Profile. This 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 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
December 18, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's November 2015 not seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 0.6 percent (-2,800) from the prior month and is down 2.8 percent (-13,300) from the same period last year. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s November 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.4 percent, up from the prior month but unchanged from the 2.4 percent rate reported one year ago [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 5.0 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

NOVEMBER 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
December 18, 2015
In November 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 18.5 percent (+643) compared to a year ago. Eleven of 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+181), followed by Natural Resources & Mining (+176) and Wholesale Trade (+112). Manufacturing (-259) and Information (-6) were the only industries to report a year-over-year decrease in initial claims. Thirty of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 17 reported decreases and 6 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 40 percent reported increases of less than five. Williams County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+189), followed by Ward (+163) and Stark (+127). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Cass (-90). 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 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
December 2, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 15,901 open and available positions in November 2015. Openings were lower by 4.7 percent (-783) from the prior month and 21.8 percent lower (-4,423) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

Q2 2015 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
December 2, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 2nd quarter (Apr-Jun) 2015 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 2015, North Dakota's total employment declined 0.7 percent on a year-over-year basis to 442,513, a decrease of 3,229 jobs. Average weekly wages were $938, higher by 0.2 percent from a year ago. Of the major industry categories, the largest employment increases occurred in Government (+1,435), Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,243), and Professional and Technical Services (+656). The largest year-over-year declines were reported in Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction (-5,578), Transportation and Warehousing (-1,196), and Administrative and Waste Services (-458). Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction reported the highest average weekly wage of any major industry at $1,911, lower by 3.4 percent from a year ago. The county with the largest over-the-year numeric increase in employment was Cass adding 2,136 jobs, a 1.9 percent increase, followed by Burleigh (+1,137), Grand Forks (+577), Mercer (+220), and Stutsman (+217). The county experiencing the largest numeric decrease over the year was Williams (-4,165). The county reporting the highest average weekly wage was McKenzie ($1,453), followed by Williams ($1,450) and Oliver ($1,444). Generally, the highest average weekly wages were located in counties with a high concentration of oil and gas activity. For a detailed summary of the Q2 2015 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

ANNUAL 2014 METRO AND COUNTY PERSONAL INCOME
November 20, 2015
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released preliminary annual 2014 metro and county personal income data. Of the nation's 381 metro areas, per capita personal income growth accelerated in 351, slowed in 26, and remained unchanged in four. On average, metro per capita personal income rose 3.6 percent in 2014, after growing 0.2 percent in 2013. Of North Dakota’s three metro areas, Bismarck ranked 164 (+3.6 percent), Fargo ranked 334 (+2.3 percent), and Grand Forks ranked 377 (0.0 percent). Per capita personal income in the nonmetro portion of North Dakota increased by 2.3 percent. Of North Dakota's 53 counties, six recorded per capita personal incomes above $75,000, all oil production nonmetro counties. Williams County had the highest 2014 per capita personal income in North Dakota at $121,538, the fourth highest in the nation. For more information, please visit the BEA website.

OCTOBER 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
November 20, 2015
In October 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 42 percent (+531) compared to a year ago. Eleven of 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+156), followed by Natural Resources & Mining (+151) and Wholesale Trade (+110). Manufacturing (-75) and Information (-2) were the only industries to report a year-over-year decrease in initial claims. Thirty-two of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 15 reported decreases and 6 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 46.9 percent reported increases of less than five. Williams County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+159), followed by Stark (+125) and Ward (+115). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Cass (-99). 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 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
November 20, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's October 2015 not seasonally adjusted employment increased by 0.2 percent (+900) from the prior month but is down 2.0 percent (-9,600) from the same period last year. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s October 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.0 percent, down from the prior month and lower than the 2.1 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released November 25th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.0 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

OCTOBER 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
November 4, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 16,684 open and available positions in October 2015. Openings were lower by 4.2 percent (-736) from the prior month and 19.6 percent lower (-4,070) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

SEPTEMBER 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
October 20, 2015
In September 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 74.1 percent (+749) compared to a year ago. Twelve of 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims. Of the major industry categories, Natural Resources & Mining reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+228), followed by Construction (+119) and Manufacturing (+107). Educational & Health Services reported the only year-over-year decrease in initial claims (-9). Thirty-six of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 9 reported decreases and 8 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 63.9 percent reported increases of less than five. Williams County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+167), followed by Cass (+151) and Stark (+112). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Richland (-13). 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 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
October 20, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's September 2015 not seasonally adjusted employment increased by 1.3 percent (+6,000) from the prior month but is down 1.8 percent (-8,300) from the same period last year. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s September 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.2 percent, down from the prior month but unchanged from the 2.2 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released October 26th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, down from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.1 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

SEPTEMBER 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
October 7, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 17,420 open and available positions in September 2015. Openings were lower by 0.4 percent (-63) from the prior month and 18.7 percent lower (-4,004) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

Q2 2015 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
October 7, 2015
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released preliminary second quarter (Apr-Jun) 2015 state personal income estimates. On average, state personal income grew 0.9 percent in the second quarter of 2015 after growing 0.8 percent in the first quarter. Personal income grew in every state except Oklahoma. Personal income results ranged from zero in Oklahoma to +1.5 percent in Washington. North Dakota’s 0.5 percent gain is lower than 3.6 percent gain one year ago but higher than the 3.2 percent loss reported in the prior quarter. Mining and construction earnings were the biggest drag on North Dakota’s second quarter 2015 personal income growth dropping 5.5 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively, over the prior quarter. In addition to mining and construction, 9 other industries reported earnings drops, while 10 reported earnings gains and 3 reported no change in earnings. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

AUGUST 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
September 18, 2015
In August 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 69.7 percent (+561) compared to a year ago. All 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims. Of the major industry categories, Natural Resources & Mining reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+156), followed by Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+119) and Construction (+99). Thirty-four of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 14 reported decreases and 5 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 58.8 percent reported increases of less than five. Williams County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+138), followed by Ward (+85) and Stark (+65). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Barnes (-17). 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 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
September 18, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's August 2015 not seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 0.2 percent (-700) from the prior month and is down 0.8 percent (-3,700) from the same period last year. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s August 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.5 percent, down from the prior month but unchanged from the 2.5 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released September 23rd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent, down from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.1 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

AUGUST 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
September 2, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 17,483 open and available positions in August 2015. Openings were lower by 8.8 percent (-1,690) from the prior month and 21.0 percent lower (-4,635) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN NORTH DAKOTA 2014
September 2, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has posted results for the 2014 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.

Q1 2015 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
September 2, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 1st quarter (Jan-Mar) 2015 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 2015, North Dakota's total employment rose 2.7 percent on a year-over-year basis to 437,726, an increase of 11,393 jobs. Average weekly wages were $984, higher by 4.2 percent from a year ago. Of the major industry categories, the largest employment increases occurred in Construction (+3,384), Professional and Technical Services (+1,297), and Government (+1,133). Year-over-year declines were reported in Information (-214), Administrative and Waste Services (-144), and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (-72). Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction reported the highest average weekly wage of any major industry at $2,019, higher by 3.6 percent from a year ago. The county with the largest over-the-year numeric increase in employment was Cass adding 2,874 jobs, a 2.6 percent increase, followed by McKenzie (+1,869), Williams (+1,686), Burleigh (+1,631), and Stark (+1,179). The county experiencing the largest numeric decrease over the year was Burke (-126). The county reporting the highest average weekly wage was Williams ($1,563), followed by McKenzie ($1,459) and Oliver ($1,429). Generally, the highest average weekly wages were located in counties with a high concentration of oil and gas activity. For a detailed summary of the Q1 2015 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

JULY 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
August 21, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's July 2015 not seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 2.4 percent (-11,500) from the prior month and is down 0.5 percent (-2,300) from the same period last year. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s July 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, down from the prior month but unchanged from the 2.6 percent rate reported one year ago [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 5.3 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

JULY 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
August 21, 2015
In July 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 37.9 percent (+561) compared to a year ago. Eleven of 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims while two reported decreases. Of the major industry categories, Natural Resources & Mining reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+142), followed by Construction (+102), and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+94). Educational & Health Services (-22) and Information (-7) reported the only year-over-year decreases. Twenty-nine of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 17 reported decreases and 7 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 44.8 percent reported increases of less than five. Williams County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+131), followed by Cass (+91) and Stark (+75). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Sargent (-24). 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 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
August 5, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 19,173 open and available positions in July 2015. Openings were lower by 2.6 percent (-507) from the prior month but 1.4 percent higher (+267) than one year ago. Beginning with the July 2015 reports released on August 5, 2015, a process change was implemented to improve the deduplication of job openings and active resumés data, resulting in a downward revision to the entire data series. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

JUNE 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
July 21, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's June 2015 not seasonally adjusted employment increased by 0.6 percent (+2,800) from the prior month and is up 0.4 percent (+1,900) from the same period last year. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s June 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, up from the prior month and higher than the 3.0 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released July 27th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.3 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

JUNE 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
July 21, 2015
In June 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 73 percent (+1,045) compared to a year ago. All 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+444), followed by Natural Resources & Mining (+151), and Construction (+141). Thirty-seven of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 10 reported decreases and 6 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 37.8 percent reported increases of less than five. Cass County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+217), followed by Williams (+102) and Barnes (+94). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Grand Forks (-19). 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 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
July 8, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 23,679 open and available positions in June 2015. Openings were lower by 6.9 percent (-1,761) from the prior month and 7.5 percent lower (-1,923) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

NORTH DAKOTA WORKFORCE REVIEW 2015 EDITION
July 8, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the 2015 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 recession (2007-2009) and the beginning of the oil boom (2006), these landmark events can be studied to some extent, particularly 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. Similar information is presented in breakouts by region to provide a useful perspective of statewide trends and their roots in various parts of the state. With the combination of this broad-level and more detailed data, this publication is intended to provide a more nuanced understanding of how industry has developed over 20 years and identify trends expected in the future.

NORTH DAKOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA BOOK
July 8, 2015
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 2014 data.

Q1 2015 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
July 8, 2015
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released preliminary first quarter (Jan-Mar) 2015 state personal income estimates. On average, state personal income grew 0.9 percent in the first quarter of 2015 after growing 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Personal income grew in 46 states and growth accelerated in 15 of those states. Personal income results ranged from +1.3 percent in Florida to -1.2 percent in Iowa. North Dakota’s 0.4 percent gain is lower than 1.6 percent gain one year ago and lower than the 1.5 percent gain reported in the prior quarter. Farm earnings were the biggest drag on North Dakota’s first quarter 2015 personal income growth dropping 25 percent over the prior quarter. Mining also reported a drop in earnings of 4 percent. The decline in farm and mining earnings was offset by earnings growth in 15 of the remaining 18 industries in the state led by construction (+5.4 percent). For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

MAY 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
June 19, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's May 2015 not seasonally adjusted employment increased by 0.2 percent (+700) from the prior month and is up 0.4 percent (+1,900) from the same period last year. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s May 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, down from the prior month but higher than the 2.4 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released June 24th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.5 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

2014 NORTH DAKOTA OIL AND GAS EMPLOYMENT REPORT
June 19, 2015
The 2014 North Dakota Oil and Gas Employment Report is the product of a North Dakota Legislature directive given to Job Service North Dakota (JSND) to quantify employment and wages attributable to the state's oil and gas sector. To this end, JSND administered a special survey to collect information specific to oil and gas activity, and supplemented it with data from established sources. As a result, the figures published in this report provide a detailed view of North Dakota's oil and gas sector at state, county, and city levels. This report only examines employment designated as necessary for the extraction of oil and gas. It does not include ancillary employment (e.g. related to food, housing, health care, government, etc.). This report’s focus was on employment tied to well-pad operations.

2014 NORTH DAKOTA GDP RESULTS
June 19, 2015
The U.S Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released preliminary 2014 state-level GDP data. North Dakota had the highest 2014 real GDP growth rate in the nation at 6.3 percent, followed by Texas at 5.2 percent and West Virginia and Wyoming at 5.1 percent. In 2013, North Dakota’s real GDP grew by a revised 0.9 percent. The national growth rate for 2014 was 2.2 percent, higher than 2013’s 1.9 percent rate. In North Dakota, mining contributed 2.47 percentage points to North Dakota’s real GDP growth of 6.3 percent. Between 2010 and 2014, North Dakota’s real GDP grew 40 percent to $48.2 billion. For additional details, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

MAY 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
June 19, 2015
In May 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 75.7 percent (+904) compared to a year ago. Eleven of the 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims while two reported decreases. Of the major industry categories, Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+288), followed by Natural Resources & Mining (+261), and Construction (+160). Government (-36) and Educational & Health Services (-4) reported the only year-over-year decreases. Thirty-nine of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 11 reported decreases and 3 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 41 percent reported increases of less than five. Cass County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+126), followed by Williams (+123) and Stark (+92). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Rolette (-32). 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 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
June 3, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 25,440 open and available positions in May 2015. Openings were higher by 2.8 percent (+682) over the prior month but 6.2 percent lower (-1,688) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

ANNUAL 2014 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
June 3, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has posted annual 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 2014, North Dakota employment rose 4.1 percent compared to the prior year, an increase of 17,549 jobs. Average weekly wages were $978, higher by 6.4 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 (+3,676), Construction (+2,424), and Transportation and Warehousing (+1,875). No major industry categories reported employment declines. Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction reported the highest average weekly wage of any industry at $2,013, higher by 6.8 percent over the year. The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass adding 4,290 jobs, a 3.9 percent increase, followed by Williams (+4,138), Stark (+2,631), McKenzie (+2,218), and Mountrail (+1,202). The county experiencing the largest numeric decrease over the year was Bowman (-97). In 2014, Williams County became the 3rd largest job market in the state, up from 4th place in 2013, surpassing Grand Forks County. The county reporting the highest average weekly wage was Williams ($1,593), followed by McKenzie ($1,498) and Dunn ($1,410). The highest average weekly wages were located in counties with a high concentration of oil and gas activity. For a detailed summary of the annual 2014 data, please visit our Employment and Wages by Industry page.

2014 CITY POPULATION ESTIMATES
May 27, 2015
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released annual 2014 city population estimates. Nationally, Bismarck ranked as the 68th fastest-growing city out of 746 with populations over 50,000. Bismarck added 1,615 residents since 2013 for a 2.4 percent gain. Grand Forks and Fargo ranked 121 and 142, respectively. Grand Forks gained 1,041 (+1.9 percent) residents while Fargo gained 1,948 (+1.7 percent). The growth rates for North Dakota’s ten largest cities ranged from +12.1 percent for Williston to +0.1 percent for Jamestown. The five largest-growing North Dakota cities were Williston (+2,656), Fargo (+1,948), West Fargo (+1,815), Bismarck (+1,615), and Minot (+1,599). For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates webpage.

APRIL 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
May 27, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's April 2015 employment increased by 1.1 percent (+4,900) from the prior month and is up 2.6 percent (+11,900) from the same period last year. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s April 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, down from the prior month but higher than the 2.8 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released June 1st]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.4 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

APRIL 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
May 27, 2015
In April 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 62.5 percent (+837) when compared to a year ago. Twelve of the 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims while one reported a decrease. Of the major industry categories, Natural Resources & Mining reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+322), followed by Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+161), and Manufacturing (+113). Government reported the only year-over-year decrease (-14). Thirty-one of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 17 reported decreases and 5 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 32.3 percent reported increases of less than five. Williams County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+176), followed by Stark (+135) and McKenzie (+92). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Adams (-26). 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 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
May 6, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 24,758 open and available positions in April 2015. Openings were higher by 5.4 percent (+1,262) over the prior month but 3.5 percent lower (-895) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

MARCH 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
April 21, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in March 2015. Employers reported an estimated 14,500 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 3.2 percent increase. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s March 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, up from the prior month and higher than the 3.4 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released April 27th]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.5 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

MARCH 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
April 21, 2015
In March 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 103 percent (+1,221) when compared to a year ago. Eleven of the 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims while 2 reported decreases. Of the major industry categories, Natural Resources & Mining reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+406), followed by Manufacturing (+307), and Construction (+135). Educational & Health Services reported the largest year-over-year decrease (-13). Thirty-six of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 13 reported decreases and 4 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 41.7 percent reported increases of less than five. Cass County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+197), followed by Williams (+180) and Stark (+172). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Grand Forks (-13). 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 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
April 8, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest 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 23,496 open and available positions in March 2015. Openings were higher by 11.5 percent (+2,415) over the prior month and 2.5 percent higher (+564) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2014 EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES BY OCCUPATION
April 8, 2015
The 2014 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 2014 data. The new employment and wage data are also available interactively by visiting Analyzer, our online data query tool in NDWIN.

GEOGRAPHIC AREA DELINEATION CHANGES
March 27, 2015
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is responsible for maintaining and updating statistical area delineations, a task it has performed every decade since the 1950 Census. In 2013, OMB announced revised delineations of metropolitan, micropolitan, and combined statistical areas, which replaced delineations from 2003. The Labor Market Information Center of Job Service North Dakota began adopting the changes starting with 2015 data. For North Dakota, two areas were affected by delineation changes: the Bismarck metro area and the Dickinson micro area. All other North Dakota metro, micro, and combined area delineations remain unchanged. The old Bismarck metro area delineation consisted of Burleigh and Morton Counties. The new Bismarck metro area delineation now consists of Burleigh, Morton, Oliver, and Sioux Counties. The old Dickinson micro area delineation consisted of Billings and Stark Counties. The new Dickinson micro area delineation now consists of only Stark County. While most statistical programs were able to apply delineation changes to their historical data series, select programs were not able to reconstruct older data due to methodology limitations resulting in a series break. For select data, an update to the 2013 delineations won’t occur until 2016 (e.g. employment and wages by occupation). A vast majority of data in NDWIN have been updated with the new area delineations. When using Analyzer, our data query tool, geographic area options will be notated as either 2003 delineations or 2013 delineations. If a historical reconstruction for a data series occurred, 2013 metro, micro, or combined area delineations will be the only options available.

2014 METROPOLITAN, MICROPOLITAN, AND COUNTY POPULATION ESTIMATES
March 27, 2015
U.S. Census population annual estimates for 2014 by metropolitan, micropolitan, and county areas were recently released. Of North Dakota’s 53 counties, 32 reported population gains since July, 1st 2013. Much of the gains occurred in the western half of the state. The county reporting the largest numeric increase was Cass (+3,798) while Walsh reported the largest decline (-136). A total of 21 counties reported year-over-year declines in population estimates between 2013 and 2014. The six fastest-growing counties in 2014 were directly connected to western North Dakota oil and gas activities. Since the 2010 Census, the fastest-growing counties have been McKenzie (+72.9 percent), Williams (+43.5 percent), and Mountrail (+27.5 percent). Ten counties reported declines of at least one percent or more between 2013 and 2014 led by Burke with a decline of 2.0 percent. For North Dakota’s three metro areas, Bismarck’s 2.1 percent growth rate ranked it 22nd among all 381 metro areas nationally while Fargo’s 2.0 percent growth rate ranked 28th. The Grand Forks growth rate (+0.8 percent) ranked 139th. 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 and Minot micro areas also ranked among the nation’s top ten fastest-growing. Visit the U.S. Census Bureau website for more information.

ANNUAL 2014 STATE PERSONAL INCOME
March 27, 2015
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released preliminary annual 2014 state personal income data. Personal income across all states rose an average 3.9 percent in 2014 after rising 2.0 percent in 2013. State personal income growth ranged from 0.5 percent in Nebraska to 5.7 percent in Alaska and Oregon, with 45 states growing faster in 2014 than in 2013. North Dakota's total personal income increased 5.6 percent between 2013 and 2014, ranking as the 4th fastest-growing state in the nation. In 2014, mining (including oil and gas extraction) and construction accounted for 46 percent of total earnings growth in North Dakota. North Dakota’s 2014 per capita personal income was $54,951, the 6th highest in the nation, while U.S. per capita personal income was $46,129. Connecticut recorded the highest per capita personal income at $62,467. For more information, please visit the BEA website.

2013 COUNTY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
March 27, 2015
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2013 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 12.3 percent, the 11th lowest in the country. Massachusetts had the lowest uninsured rate at 4.3 percent while Texas had the highest at 24.8 percent. The North Dakota county with the lowest uninsured rate was Burleigh at 10 percent while the county with the highest uninsured rate was Grant at 24.9 percent. For more information, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Interactive Data Tool webpage to query the health insurance data.

FEBRUARY 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
March 27, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in February 2015. Employers reported an estimated 17,800 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.0 percent increase. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s February 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, up from the prior month and higher than the 3.5 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released April 1st]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.5 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

FEBRUARY 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
March 27, 2015
In February 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 31.3 percent (+583) when compared to a year ago. Nine of the 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims while 4 reported decreases. Of the major industry categories, Natural Resources & Mining reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims (+395), followed by Construction (+195) and Professional & Business Services (+60). Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year decrease (-182). Twenty-eight of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial unemployment claims, while 20 reported decreases and 5 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 32.1 percent reported increases of less than five. Williams County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+170), followed by Ward (+147) and Stark (+98). The county with the largest numeric decrease over the year was Pembina (-94). 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 2015 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
March 17, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in January 2015. Employers reported an estimated 19,800 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 4.5 percent increase. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s January 2015 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, up from the prior month and higher than the 3.5 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released March 23rd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, unchanged from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.7 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

FEBRUARY 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
March 4, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the February 2015 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 21,081 open and available positions in February 2015. Openings were higher by 7.0 percent (+1,386) over the prior month and 4.3 percent higher (+876) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

NORTH DAKOTA EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS 2014-2016
March 4, 2015
The 2014-2016 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 2016 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.

Q3 2014 STATE, REGION, COUNTY EMPLOYMENT & WAGES BY INDUSTRY
March 4, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has posted 3rd quarter (Jul-Sep) 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 Q3 2014, North Dakota's total employment rose 4.4 percent on a year-over-year basis to 449,274, an increase of 18,970 jobs. Average weekly wages were $977, higher by 6.1 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 (+4,106), Construction (+2,475), and Transportation and Warehousing (+1,911). 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 $1,991, higher by 6.0 percent over the year. The county with the largest over-the-year numeric increase in employment was Cass adding 4,798 jobs, a 4.4 percent increase, followed by Williams (+4,204), Stark (+2,682), McKenzie (+2,247), and Burleigh (+1,356). The county experiencing the largest numeric decrease over the year was Bowman (-120). The county reporting the highest average weekly wage was Williams ($1,563), followed by McKenzie ($1,491) and Slope ($1,409). Most of the counties with the highest average weekly wages were located in western North Dakota where oil and gas activity is concentrated. For a detailed summary of the Q3 2014 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

JANUARY 2015 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
March 4, 2015
In January 2015, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were higher by 2.4 percent (+100) when compared to a year ago. Nine of the 13 major industries reported year-over-year increases in initial claims while 4 reported decreases. Of the major industry categories, Natural Resources & Mining reported the largest year-over-year numeric increase in initial claims, followed by Construction and Professional & Business Services. Manufacturing reported the largest year-over-year decrease. Twenty-one of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year increases in initial claims filed, while 28 reported decreases and 4 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 23.8 percent reported increases of less than five. Ward County reported the largest numeric increase over the year (+117), followed by Williams (+105) and Stark (+62). The counties with the largest numeric decreases over the year were Pembina and Sargent. For more information, visit the Initial Claims Data page which highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program.

CAREERS IN NORTH DAKOTA 2014 EDITION REVISED
February 4, 2015
The 2014 edition of Careers in North Dakota has been revised. Crosswalk tables used to match occupations to career clusters were revised in 2012 by the Crosswalk Validation project, a joint effort by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career-Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). The Careers in North Dakota publication was updated to reflect these new crosswalk revisions. Roughly, ten percent of the occupations experienced a change to their linked career cluster between the old and new crosswalks. This affected chart data on pages 5-9, the organization of occupations throughout pages 27-519 (since occupations are organized by career cluster groupings), and the occupation title index at the end of the publication (since page numbers for occupations may have changed).

JANUARY 2015 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
February 4, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the January 2015 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 19,695 open and available positions in January 2015. Openings were lower by 12.0 percent (-2,676) over the prior month but 16.7 percent higher (+2,818) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

DECEMBER 2014 JOBS REPORT & LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
January 27, 2015
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in December 2014. Employers reported an estimated 24,500 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 5.4 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page. Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s December 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, up from the prior month and higher than the 2.7 percent rate reported one year ago [region, metro, and county data will be released February 3rd]. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.6 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

DECEMBER 2014 INITIAL CLAIMS DATA
January 27, 2015
In December 2014, North Dakota initial unemployment claims were lower by 12.4 percent (-697) when compared to a year ago. Nine of the 13 major industries reported year-over-year decreases in initial claims while 4 reported increases. Of the major industry categories, Construction reported the largest year-over-year numeric decrease in initial claims. Financial Activities reported the largest year-over-year increase, followed by Wholesale Trade and Information. Forty-two of 53 North Dakota counties reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims filed, while 9 reported increases and 2 reported no change. Of the counties with year-over-year increases in initial claims, 66.7 percent reported increases of less than five. Grand Forks County reported the largest numeric decrease over the year (-139). The county with the largest numeric increase over the year was Cass (+35). 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 2014 ONLINE JOB OPENINGS REPORT
January 7, 2015
The Labor Market Information Center has released the December 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 22,371 open and available positions in December 2014. Openings were lower by 7.7 percent (-1,855) over the prior month but 20.5 percent higher (+3,813) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

2015 DATA RELEASE SCHEDULE
January 7, 2015
An updated 2015 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. Also included are release dates for many of our popular products or reports. The schedule covers the January 2015 through December 2015 time period. Also, you may be able to link directly to an internet calendar or icalendar version. If you initially subscribed to our NDWIN internet calendar prior to December 23rd, 2014, you may have to resubscribe if you want to continue to receive automatic updates to our data release schedule. Review the yellow-highlighted instructions at the top of the data release schedule page for more information about resubscribing. For details, visit the data release schedule page.

2014 STATE POPULATION ESTIMATES
January 7, 2015
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released state-level population estimates for 2014. North Dakota ranked as the fastest-growing state between 2013 and 2014 (+2.2 percent). This is the third year in a row that North Dakota has ranked as the fastest-growing state. North Dakota's 2014 population estimate was 739,482 which is an increase of 15,625 residents since 2013. North Dakota has added 66,891 residents to its population since the 2010 census which translates to a 9.9 percent growth rate, the fastest growth rate of any state in the nation. While North Dakota recorded the fastest growth rate between 2013 and 2014, Texas reported the largest numeric increase in residents (+451,321). For a summary of the 2014 state population estimates, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau website. More detailed 2014 population estimates will be released throughout 2015 including the total population of counties and incorporated places, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, and race.

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
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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.