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JOBS REPORT
NEXT UPDATE: March 24, 2017 [February 2017 Data]
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's January 2017 not seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 2.0 percent (-8,600) from the prior month and is down 0.4 percent (-1,600) from the same period one year ago. Seven of 13 industries reported year-over-year employment decreases led by Mining & Logging (-1,700), Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (-1,400), and Manufacturing (-1,000). Six industries reported year-over-year increases in employment led by Educational & Health Services (+1,800). Of North Dakota's three metro areas, Fargo posted an employment gain of 2.5 percent, while Grand Forks posted a gain of 2.8 percent and Bismarck posted a loss of 0.5 percent.

The Jobs Report is updated monthly using data from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. January 2017 is the most recent data available. The report is a snapshot of the state's current labor market and summarizes nonfarm payroll employment estimates for North Dakota and its three metro areas (Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks). To access the data in an interactive format visit Analyzer.

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Data are not seasonally adjusted except where noted; (p) preliminary data; (r) revised data
NORTH DAKOTA
Jan 2017
(p)
Dec 2016
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Jan 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
426,600 435,200 -8,600 -2.0% 428,200 -1,600 -0.4%
Mining & Logging
15,500 15,400 100 0.6% 17,200 -1,700 -9.9%
Construction
27,400 29,400 -2,000 -6.8% 26,000 1,400 5.4%
Manufacturing
23,500 24,000 -500 -2.1% 24,500 -1,000 -4.1%
Wholesale Trade
24,000 24,300 -300 -1.2% 24,900 -900 -3.6%
Retail Trade
48,700 49,900 -1,200 -2.4% 49,600 -900 -1.8%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
22,600 23,000 -400 -1.7% 24,000 -1,400 -5.8%
Information
7,000 6,800 200 2.9% 6,600 400 6.1%
Financial Activities
24,500 24,700 -200 -0.8% 24,000 500 2.1%
Professional & Business Services
34,000 34,800 -800 -2.3% 33,800 200 0.6%
Educational & Health Services
62,600 62,600 0 0.0% 60,800 1,800 3.0%
Leisure & Hospitality
37,700 39,400 -1,700 -4.3% 38,200 -500 -1.3%
Other Services
15,200 15,700 -500 -3.2% 16,000 -800 -5.0%
Government
83,900 85,200 -1,300 -1.5% 82,600 1,300 1.6%
BISMARCK, ND METRO
Jan 2017
(p)
Dec 2016
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Jan 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
72,400 73,700 -1,300 -1.8% 72,800 -400 -0.5%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
4,700 5,000 -300 -6.0% 4,400 300 6.8%
Manufacturing
1,600 1,700 -100 -5.9% 1,800 -200 -11.1%
Wholesale Trade
2,800 2,800 0 0.0% 2,900 -100 -3.4%
Retail Trade
9,200 9,300 -100 -1.1% 9,200 0 0.0%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
2,900 2,900 0 0.0% 2,900 0 0.0%
Information
900 900 0 0.0% 900 0 0.0%
Financial Activities
3,400 3,400 0 0.0% 3,400 0 0.0%
Professional & Business Services
7,600 8,000 -400 -5.0% 8,100 -500 -6.2%
Educational & Health Services
13,900 14,000 -100 -0.7% 13,800 100 0.7%
Leisure & Hospitality
6,800 6,900 -100 -1.4% 6,800 0 0.0%
Other Services
3,100 3,100 0 0.0% 3,200 -100 -3.1%
Government
15,500 15,700 -200 -1.3% 15,400 100 0.6%
FARGO, ND-MN METRO
Jan 2017
(p)
Dec 2016
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Jan 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
139,700 143,400 -3,700 -2.6% 136,300 3,400 2.5%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
8,100 8,700 -600 -6.9% 7,800 300 3.8%
Manufacturing
9,800 10,000 -200 -2.0% 9,700 100 1.0%
Wholesale Trade
9,000 9,100 -100 -1.1% 8,900 100 1.1%
Retail Trade
16,200 16,600 -400 -2.4% 15,900 300 1.9%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
5,600 5,700 -100 -1.8% 5,400 200 3.7%
Information
3,300 3,200 100 3.1% 3,200 100 3.1%
Financial Activities
11,200 11,300 -100 -0.9% 10,900 300 2.8%
Professional & Business Services
15,500 16,000 -500 -3.1% 15,300 200 1.3%
Educational & Health Services
23,600 23,700 -100 -0.4% 22,100 1,500 6.8%
Leisure & Hospitality
13,300 14,100 -800 -5.7% 13,500 -200 -1.5%
Other Services
5,500 5,500 0 0.0% 5,300 200 3.8%
Government
18,600 19,500 -900 -4.6% 18,300 300 1.6%
GRAND FORKS, ND-MN METRO
Jan 2017
(p)
Dec 2016
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Jan 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
58,000 59,200 -1,200 -2.0% 56,400 1,600 2.8%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
3,800 4,100 -300 -7.3% 2,800 1,000 35.7%
Manufacturing
4,200 4,200 0 0.0% 4,100 100 2.4%
Wholesale Trade
1,800 1,900 -100 -5.3% 1,900 -100 -5.3%
Retail Trade
7,900 8,000 -100 -1.3% 7,900 0 0.0%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
2,200 2,300 -100 -4.3% 2,300 -100 -4.3%
Information
600 600 0 0.0% 600 0 0.0%
Financial Activities
1,800 1,900 -100 -5.3% 1,800 0 0.0%
Professional & Business Services
3,000 3,100 -100 -3.2% 2,900 100 3.4%
Educational & Health Services
9,700 9,800 -100 -1.0% 9,500 200 2.1%
Leisure & Hospitality
6,300 6,300 0 0.0% 6,300 0 0.0%
Other Services
1,900 2,000 -100 -5.0% 2,000 -100 -5.0%
Government
14,800 15,000 -200 -1.3% 14,300 500 3.5%

Effective with the July 21,2015 release of June 2015 data, the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released new data series: (1) total nonfarm, all employees, 3-month average of the seasonally adjusted over-the-month change, in thousands for all states and selected metro areas, and (2) total private, all employees, 3-month average of the seasonally adjusted over-the-month change, in thousands for all states (at the statewide level only). To access the data, use the LABSTAT query tool.

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