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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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Jobs Report

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.

North Dakota Employment Estimates
Year-Over-Year Percent Change
June 2014 - June 2015

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

Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics

July 21, 2015

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. 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.

North Dakota Unemployment Rate
Not Seasonally Adjusted
June 2014 - June 2015

Graph showing the Monthly Unemployment Rate

County Unemployment Rates
Not Seasonally Adjusted
June 2015

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Initial Claims Data

This report highlights the most recently released monthly initial claims data from the unemployment insurance program. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Initial Claims Data page.

County Initial Claims
Year-Over-Year Numeric Change
June 2014 - June 2015

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