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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.

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.

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.

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Jobs Report

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.

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

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

Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics

June 19, 2015

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. 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.

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

Graph showing the Monthly Unemployment Rate

County Unemployment Rates
Not Seasonally Adjusted
MAY 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
May 2014 - May 2015

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