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The Labor Market Information Center has released the January 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 19,695 open and available positions in January 2015. Openings were lower by 12.0 percent (-2,676) over the prior month but 16.7 percent higher (+2,818) than one year ago. For additional details, please visit the Online Job Openings Report 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).

An updated 2015 data release schedule is now available for some of our most sought after data including labor force and unemployment stats, online job openings stats, and employment and wage data by industry and occupation across many geographies. Also included are release dates for many of our popular products or reports. The schedule covers the January 2015 through December 2015 time period. Also, you may be able to link directly to an internet calendar or icalendar version. If you initially subscribed to our NDWIN internet calendar prior to December 23rd, 2014, you may have to resubscribe if you want to continue to receive automatic updates to our data release schedule. Review the yellow-highlighted instructions at the top of the data release schedule page for more information about resubscribing. For details, visit the data release schedule page.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released state-level population estimates for 2014. North Dakota ranked as the fastest-growing state between 2013 and 2014 (+2.2 percent). This is the third year in a row that North Dakota has ranked as the fastest-growing state. North Dakota's 2014 population estimate was 739,482 which is an increase of 15,625 residents since 2013. North Dakota has added 66,891 residents to its population since the 2010 census which translates to a 9.9 percent growth rate, the fastest growth rate of any state in the nation. While North Dakota recorded the fastest growth rate between 2013 and 2014, Texas reported the largest numeric increase in residents (+451,321). For a summary of the 2014 state population estimates, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau website. More detailed 2014 population estimates will be released throughout 2015 including the total population of counties and incorporated places, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, and race.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released third quarter (Jul-Sep) 2014 state personal income estimates. For all states, personal income grew 1.0 percent in the third quarter of 2014 after increasing 1.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014. Personal income growth rates were lower in 40 states, higher in 9, and unchanged in 1. Personal income growth rates ranged from -0.2 percent in South Dakota to +1.4 percent in Texas. North Dakota’s third quarter 2014 personal income increased 0.2 percent over second quarter 2014. This is lower than the 1.6 percent gain one year ago and lower than the 3.1 percent gain in the second quarter. The mining industry (which includes oil and gas extraction) contributed the most to third-quarter earnings growth in North Dakota. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis webpage.

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
December 2013 - December 2014

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