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The Labor Market Information Center has released the February 2015 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 21,081 open and available positions in February 2015. Openings were higher by 7.0 percent (+1,386) over the prior month and 4.3 percent higher (+876) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report page.

The 2014-2016 Short-Term Employment Projections report is now available. Job Service North Dakota’s Labor Market Information Center has just completed and finalized state-level short-term projections through 2016 covering more than 100 industries and 500 occupations. The report summarizes the numeric and percent changes by industry and occupation as well as growth openings, replacement openings, average wages, and typical entry-level education requirements by occupation. The report also highlights 'Bright Outlook' occupations which are projected to generate a large number of growth openings over the two-year time period or post a projected growth rate higher than the statewide average for all occupations.

The Labor Market Information Center has posted 3rd quarter (Jul-Sep) 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 Q3 2014, North Dakota's total employment rose 4.4 percent on a year-over-year basis to 449,274, an increase of 18,970 jobs. Average weekly wages were $977, higher by 6.1 percent from a year ago. Of the major industry categories, the largest private sector employment increases occurred in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction (+4,106), Construction (+2,475), and Transportation and Warehousing (+1,911). No year-over-year declines were reported in the major industry categories. Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction reported the highest average weekly wage of any major industry at $1,991, higher by 6.0 percent over the year. The county with the largest over-the-year numeric increase in employment was Cass adding 4,798 jobs, a 4.4 percent increase, followed by Williams (+4,204), Stark (+2,682), McKenzie (+2,247), and Burleigh (+1,356). The county experiencing the largest numeric decrease over the year was Bowman (-120). The county reporting the highest average weekly wage was Williams ($1,563), followed by McKenzie ($1,491) and Slope ($1,409). Most of the counties with the highest average weekly wages were located in western North Dakota where oil and gas activity is concentrated. For a detailed summary of the Q3 2014 data, please visit our Quarterly Review page.

The 2014 edition of Careers in North Dakota has been revised. Crosswalk tables used to match occupations to career clusters were revised in 2012 by the Crosswalk Validation project, a joint effort by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career-Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). The Careers in North Dakota publication was updated to reflect these new crosswalk revisions. Roughly, ten percent of the occupations experienced a change to their linked career cluster between the old and new crosswalks. This affected chart data on pages 5-9, the organization of occupations throughout pages 27-519 (since occupations are organized by career cluster groupings), and the occupation title index at the end of the publication (since page numbers for occupations may have changed).

The Labor Market Information Center recently released the Education Profile. This new report summarizes broad trends in K-12 and postsecondary education data including enrollment counts, graduates and graduation rates, and postsecondary program completions by field of degree. Also included are data on the average annual earnings and employment status of North Dakota's population ages 25 and higher by educational attainment and field of degree.

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Jobs Report

January 27, 2015

Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota employment expanded on a year-over-year basis in December 2014. Employers reported an estimated 24,500 more jobs when compared to a year ago, a 5.4 percent gain. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Jobs Report page.

North Dakota Employment Estimates
Year-Over-Year Percent Change
December 2013 - December 2014

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

Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics

January 27, 2015

Preliminary labor force statistics indicate North Dakota’s December 2014 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, up from the prior month and higher than the 2.7 percent rate reported one year ago. Adjusted for seasonality, North Dakota’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, up from the prior month. The U.S. rate was 5.6 percent. For a detailed breakdown, visit the Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics page.

North Dakota Unemployment Rate
Not Seasonally Adjusted
December 2013 - December 2014

Graph showing the Monthly Unemployment Rate

County Unemployment Rates
Not Seasonally Adjusted

Map of North Dakota showing County Unemployment Rates PDF Download PDF Version

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
January 2014 - January 2015

Map of North Dakota showing County Initial Claims Year-Over-Year Numeric Change PDF Download PDF Version