QUARTERLY REVIEW
NEXT UPDATE: December 6, 2017 [Second Quarter (Apr-Jun) 2017 Data]
The Quarterly Review highlights the most recently released quarterly employment and wage data by industry. First quarter (Jan-Mar) 2017 is the most recent data available. 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. Below, we've summarized average employment and average weekly wages for select industries and counties. Asterisks (***) indicate data have been suppressed due to confidentiality restrictions.

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[Employment and Wages by Industry]

In Q1 2017, North Dakota's total employment declined 1.5 percent on a year-over-year basis to 404,354, a decrease of 5,959 jobs. Average weekly wages were $953, higher by 5.0 percent from the same quarter one year ago. Of 20 major industry categories, 8 reported employment increases and 12 reported employment decreases. The largest employment increases occurred in Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,356), Government (+239), and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (+214). The largest year-over-year declines were reported in Construction (-2,184), Retail Trade (-1,405), and Transportation and Warehousing (-1,163). Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction reported the highest average weekly wage of any major industry at $2,062, higher by 9.2 percent from a year ago.
INDUSTRIES
Q1 2016 Emp
 
Q1 2017 Emp
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Q1 2017 Avg Weekly Wage ($)
AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY, FISHING AND HUNTING 3,598 3,696 98 2.7% 779
Crop Production 2,215 2,302 87 3.9% 746
Animal Production 643 642 -1 -0.2% 742
Forestry and Logging *** *** *** *** ***
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping *** *** *** *** ***
Support Activities for Agriculture & Forestry 724 734 10 1.4% 917
MINING, QUARRYING, AND OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION 16,399 15,788 -611 -3.7% 2,062
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,818 2,503 -315 -11.2% 3,335
Mining (except Oil and Gas) 1,878 1,776 -102 -5.4% 1,861
Support Activities for Mining 11,703 11,509 -194 -1.7% 1,816
UTILITIES 3,815 3,739 -76 -2.0% 1,940
CONSTRUCTION 25,224 23,040 -2,184 -8.7% 1,143
Construction of Buildings 5,803 5,216 -587 -10.1% 1,162
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 4,853 4,172 -681 -14.0% 1,378
Specialty Trade Contractors 14,568 13,652 -916 -6.3% 1,063
MANUFACTURING 24,477 23,891 -586 -2.4% 1,011
Food Manufacturing 4,844 4,823 -21 -0.4% 999
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 236 265 29 12.3% 677
Textile Mills *** *** *** *** ***
Textile Product Mills 216 221 5 2.3% 834
Apparel Manufacturing 21 20 -1 -4.8% 480
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing *** *** *** *** ***
Wood Product Manufacturing 1,877 1,864 -13 -0.7% 699
Paper Manufacturing *** *** *** *** ***
Printing and Related Support Activities 824 769 -55 -6.7% 696
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 372 363 -9 -2.4% 3,276
Chemical Manufacturing 351 378 27 7.7% 1,423
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing 1,345 1,378 33 2.5% 1,091
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,464 1,224 -240 -16.4% 844
Primary Metal Manufacturing 380 410 30 7.9% 1,078
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,956 1,764 -192 -9.8% 919
Machinery Manufacturing 5,121 5,133 12 0.2% 1,101
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing 1,303 1,204 -99 -7.6% 1,209
Electrical Equipment and Appliance Mfg 107 101 -6 -5.6% 715
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 2,488 2,459 -29 -1.2% 921
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing 854 827 -27 -3.2% 843
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 588 578 -10 -1.7% 915
WHOLESALE TRADE 24,698 23,597 -1,101 -4.5% 1,260
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 12,580 11,731 -849 -6.7% 1,313
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 11,316 11,169 -147 -1.3% 1,172
Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 802 697 -105 -13.1% 1,771
RETAIL TRADE 49,079 47,674 -1,405 -2.9% 585
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 7,110 6,932 -178 -2.5% 905
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores 1,550 1,509 -41 -2.6% 723
Electronics and Appliance Stores 1,694 1,550 -144 -8.5% 796
Building Material and Garden Supply Stores 5,252 5,001 -251 -4.8% 733
Food and Beverage Stores 7,340 7,201 -139 -1.9% 394
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,493 2,532 39 1.6% 703
Gasoline Stations 5,461 5,279 -182 -3.3% 496
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores 3,014 2,970 -44 -1.5% 336
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book and Music Store 2,323 2,246 -77 -3.3% 461
General Merchandise Stores 8,987 8,931 -56 -0.6% 467
Miscellaneous Store Retailers 2,401 2,316 -85 -3.5% 473
Nonstore Retailers 1,454 1,209 -245 -16.9% 915
TRANSPORTATION AND WAREHOUSING 17,291 16,128 -1,163 -6.7% 1,172
Air Transportation 81 80 -1 -1.2% 815
Truck Transportation 10,621 9,586 -1,035 -9.7% 1,194
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 1,347 1,294 -53 -3.9% 403
Pipeline Transportation 977 1,239 262 26.8% 2,740
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation *** *** *** *** ***
Support Activities for Transportation 2,197 1,894 -303 -13.8% 941
Postal Service *** *** *** *** ***
Couriers and Messengers 1,547 1,497 -50 -3.2% 850
Warehousing and Storage 476 484 8 1.7% 830
INFORMATION 6,655 6,553 -102 -1.5% 1,212
Publishing Industries (except Internet) 2,652 2,630 -22 -0.8% 1,447
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries 436 431 -5 -1.1% 339
Broadcasting (except Internet) 1,144 1,163 19 1.7% 771
Telecommunications 1,819 1,756 -63 -3.5% 1,385
Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services 569 553 -16 -2.8% 1,171
Other Information Services 33 20 -13 -39.4% 913
FINANCE AND INSURANCE 17,843 17,919 76 0.4% 1,310
Monetary Authorities - Central Bank 0 *** *** *** ***
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities 9,311 9,459 148 1.6% 1,314
Securities, Commodity Contracts, Investments 1,187 1,073 -114 -9.6% 1,904
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities 7,306 7,339 33 0.5% 1,221
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles 39 *** *** *** ***
REAL ESTATE AND RENTAL AND LEASING 5,229 5,033 -196 -3.7% 935
Real Estate 3,096 3,159 63 2.0% 756
Rental and Leasing Services 2,113 1,842 -271 -12.8% 1,233
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets 20 31 11 55.0% 1,478
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL SERVICES 16,274 15,796 -478 -2.9% 1,256
MANAGEMENT OF COMPANIES AND ENTERPRISES 5,250 5,247 -3 -0.1% 1,791
ADMINISTRATIVE AND WASTE SERVICES 12,039 12,202 163 1.4% 715
Administrative and Support Services 11,205 11,458 253 2.3% 694
Waste Management and Remediation Services 835 744 -91 -10.9% 1,039
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 2,511 2,665 154 6.1% 590
HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE 57,388 58,744 1,356 2.4% 913
Ambulatory Health Care Services 15,357 15,784 427 2.8% 1,213
Hospitals 17,664 17,799 135 0.8% 1,171
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 16,150 16,419 269 1.7% 603
Social Assistance 8,217 8,742 525 6.4% 429
ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND RECREATION 3,947 4,161 214 5.4% 296
Performing Arts and Spectator Sports 945 1,024 79 8.4% 263
Museums, Parks and Historical Sites 158 162 4 2.5% 449
Gambling, Recreation and Amusement Industries 2,844 2,975 131 4.6% 298
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD SERVICES 34,336 33,919 -417 -1.2% 328
Accommodation 6,992 6,615 -377 -5.4% 391
Food Services and Drinking Places 27,344 27,304 -40 -0.1% 313
OTHER SERVICES (EXCEPT PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION) 12,024 12,084 60 0.5% 633
Repair and Maintenance 4,079 4,078 -1 0.0% 914
Personal and Laundry Services 3,281 3,248 -33 -1.0% 475
Membership Organizations and Associations 4,466 4,602 136 3.0% 504
Private Households 197 156 -41 -20.8% 385
TOTAL PRIVATE OWNERSHIP 338,075 331,877 -6,198 -1.8% 961
TOTAL GOVERNMENT 72,237 72,476 239 0.3% 914
Federal Government 9,255 9,392 137 1.5% 1,238
State Government Education 9,462 9,072 -390 -4.1% 1,102
State Government Non-Education 9,712 9,707 -5 -0.1% 1,087
Local Government Education 24,701 25,055 354 1.4% 770
Local Government Non-Education 19,107 19,250 143 0.7% 766
GRAND TOTAL 410,313 404,354 -5,959 -1.5% 953

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Cass County had the largest over-the-year numeric increase in employment adding 1,025 jobs, a 0.9 percent increase, followed by McKenzie (+84) and Stutsman (+64). Williams County experienced the largest numeric decrease over the year shedding 2,786 jobs, a 10.1 percent decrease, followed by Ward (-1,089) and Stark (-853). Williams County reported the highest average weekly wage ($1,408), followed by McKenzie ($1,394) and Oliver ($1,384).

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COUNTIES
Q1 2016 Emp
 
Q1 2017 Emp
Q1 2017 Emp Ranking
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Q1 2017 Avg Weekly Wage ($)
Q1 2017 Avg Weekly Wage Ranking
Adams County 966 956 35 -10 -1.0% 763 32
Barnes County 4,746 4,586 15 -160 -3.4% 718 37
Benson County 1,988 1,930 23 -58 -2.9% 725 35
Billings County 283 269 51 -14 -4.9% 768 29
Bottineau County 2,377 2,369 21 -8 -0.3% 768 29
Bowman County 1,627 1,578 29 -49 -3.0% 767 31
Burke County 726 680 44 -46 -6.3% 1,030 10
Burleigh County 57,119 56,528 2 -591 -1.0% 958 11
Cass County 114,183 115,208 1 1,025 0.9% 941 12
Cavalier County 1,398 1,385 31 -13 -0.9% 696 40
Dickey County 1,889 1,848 24 -41 -2.2% 686 42
Divide County 867 763 39 -104 -12.0% 919 13
Dunn County 2,085 1,838 25 -247 -11.8% 1,345 4
Eddy County 707 700 42 -7 -1.0% 601 51
Emmons County 947 940 36 -7 -0.7% 620 49
Foster County 1,615 1,600 28 -15 -0.9% 846 18
Golden Valley County 693 655 46 -38 -5.5% 677 44
Grand Forks County 40,500 40,402 3 -98 -0.2% 814 20
Grant County 575 538 50 -37 -6.4% 644 48
Griggs County 896 849 38 -47 -5.2% 657 46
Hettinger County 723 711 41 -12 -1.7% 777 26
Kidder County 643 614 48 -29 -4.5% 691 41
LaMoure County 1,407 1,378 32 -29 -2.1% 711 39
Logan County 641 637 47 -4 -0.6% 553 52
McHenry County 1,254 1,267 33 13 1.0% 818 19
McIntosh County 1,046 1,061 34 15 1.4% 662 45
McKenzie County 8,497 8,581 9 84 1.0% 1,394 2
McLean County 3,446 3,426 17 -20 -0.6% 1,121 7
Mercer County 5,096 5,002 13 -94 -1.8% 1,305 5
Morton County 10,905 10,883 8 -22 -0.2% 879 17
Mountrail County 5,779 5,679 11 -100 -1.7% 1,300 6
Nelson County 1,001 936 37 -65 -6.5% 619 50
Oliver County 861 680 44 -181 -21.0% 1,384 3
Pembina County 3,390 3,298 18 -92 -2.7% 803 22
Pierce County 1,720 1,738 26 18 1.0% 743 34
Ramsey County 5,606 5,668 12 62 1.1% 770 27
Ransom County 2,074 2,036 22 -38 -1.8% 684 43
Renville County 737 697 43 -40 -5.4% 769 28
Richland County 7,736 7,532 10 -204 -2.6% 790 24
Rolette County 4,429 4,385 16 -44 -1.0% 748 33
Sargent County 2,838 2,776 20 -62 -2.2% 913 15
Sheridan County 224 223 52 -1 -0.4% 515 53
Sioux County 1,598 1,624 27 26 1.6% 784 25
Slope County 155 127 53 -28 -18.1% 1,065 9
Stark County 18,828 17,975 6 -853 -4.5% 1,116 8
Steele County 597 586 49 -11 -1.8% 914 14
Stutsman County 11,139 11,203 7 64 0.6% 812 21
Towner County 712 719 40 7 1.0% 719 36
Traill County 3,301 3,259 19 -42 -1.3% 796 23
Walsh County 4,779 4,781 14 2 0.0% 712 38
Ward County 32,086 30,997 4 -1,089 -3.4% 894 16
Wells County 1,493 1,488 30 -5 -0.3% 651 47
Williams County 27,467 24,681 5 -2,786 -10.1% 1,408 1