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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 wonít 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.


U.S. Census population annual estimates for 2014 by metropolitan, micropolitan, and county areas were recently released. Of North Dakotaís 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 Dakotaís three metro areas, Bismarckís 2.1 percent growth rate ranked it 22nd among all 381 metro areas nationally while Fargoís 2.0 percent growth rate ranked 28th. The Grand Forks growth rate (+0.8 percent) ranked 139th. Of the nationís 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 nationís top ten fastest-growing. Visit the U.S. Census Bureau website for more information.


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 Dakotaís 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.


The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2013 estimates of health insurance coverage for each of the nationís roughly 3,140 counties. North Dakotaís 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 Bureauís Interactive Data Tool webpage to query the health insurance data.


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Jobs Report

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.

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

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Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics

March 27, 2015

Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakotaís 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. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakotaís 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.

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

Graph showing the Monthly Unemployment Rate

County Unemployment Rates
Not Seasonally Adjusted
FEBRUARY 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
February 2014 - February 2015

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