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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 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.


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.


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 private sector 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.


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.


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Jobs Report

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.

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

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

Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics

August 21, 2015

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. 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.

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

Graph showing the Monthly Unemployment Rate

County Unemployment Rates
Not Seasonally Adjusted
July 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
July 2014 - July 2015

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