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JOBS REPORT
NEXT UPDATE: May 19, 2017 [April 2017 Data]
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's March 2017 not seasonally adjusted employment increased 0.2 percent (+800) from the prior month and is up 0.1 percent (+500) from the same period one year ago. Five of 13 industries reported year-over-year employment decreases led by Retail Trade (-1,200), Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (-800), and Wholesale Trade (-700). Seven industries reported year-over-year increases in employment led by Construction (+1,300) and Educational & Health Services (+1,300). Leisure & Hospitality reported no year-over-year change. Of North Dakota's three metro areas, Fargo posted an employment gain of 1.9 percent, while Grand Forks posted a gain of 0.4 percent and Bismarck posted a loss of 0.7 percent.

The Jobs Report is updated monthly using data from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. March 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
Mar 2017
(p)
Feb 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Mar 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
428,200 427,400 800 0.2% 427,700 500 0.1%
Mining & Logging
16,000 15,500 500 3.2% 15,500 500 3.2%
Construction
27,200 26,900 300 1.1% 25,900 1,300 5.0%
Manufacturing
24,000 23,900 100 0.4% 24,500 -500 -2.0%
Wholesale Trade
23,900 23,900 0 0.0% 24,600 -700 -2.8%
Retail Trade
47,600 48,000 -400 -0.8% 48,800 -1,200 -2.5%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
22,300 22,400 -100 -0.4% 23,100 -800 -3.5%
Information
6,900 6,800 100 1.5% 6,700 200 3.0%
Financial Activities
24,300 24,400 -100 -0.4% 23,900 400 1.7%
Professional & Business Services
33,700 33,800 -100 -0.3% 33,500 200 0.6%
Educational & Health Services
62,800 62,600 200 0.3% 61,500 1,300 2.1%
Leisure & Hospitality
38,600 38,100 500 1.3% 38,600 0 0.0%
Other Services
15,600 15,500 100 0.6% 16,100 -500 -3.1%
Government
85,300 85,600 -300 -0.4% 85,000 300 0.4%
BISMARCK, ND METRO
Mar 2017
(p)
Feb 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Mar 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
72,800 72,400 400 0.6% 73,300 -500 -0.7%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
4,700 4,600 100 2.2% 4,500 200 4.4%
Manufacturing
1,600 1,600 0 0.0% 1,900 -300 -15.8%
Wholesale Trade
2,800 2,800 0 0.0% 2,800 0 0.0%
Retail Trade
9,100 9,000 100 1.1% 9,000 100 1.1%
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% 3,300 100 3.0%
Professional & Business Services
7,600 7,600 0 0.0% 8,200 -600 -7.3%
Educational & Health Services
14,000 14,000 0 0.0% 14,000 0 0.0%
Leisure & Hospitality
6,900 6,800 100 1.5% 6,800 100 1.5%
Other Services
3,100 3,100 0 0.0% 3,200 -100 -3.1%
Government
15,800 15,700 100 0.6% 15,800 0 0.0%
FARGO, ND-MN METRO
Mar 2017
(p)
Feb 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Mar 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
140,600 140,400 200 0.1% 138,000 2,600 1.9%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
8,100 7,900 200 2.5% 7,900 200 2.5%
Manufacturing
10,000 9,900 100 1.0% 9,600 400 4.2%
Wholesale Trade
9,000 9,000 0 0.0% 9,000 0 0.0%
Retail Trade
15,600 15,700 -100 -0.6% 15,900 -300 -1.9%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
5,600 5,600 0 0.0% 5,500 100 1.8%
Information
3,200 3,200 0 0.0% 3,200 0 0.0%
Financial Activities
11,300 11,200 100 0.9% 10,900 400 3.7%
Professional & Business Services
15,200 15,600 -400 -2.6% 15,200 0 0.0%
Educational & Health Services
23,900 23,800 100 0.4% 22,600 1,300 5.8%
Leisure & Hospitality
13,800 13,600 200 1.5% 13,700 100 0.7%
Other Services
5,600 5,500 100 1.8% 5,400 200 3.7%
Government
19,300 19,400 -100 -0.5% 19,100 200 1.0%
GRAND FORKS, ND-MN METRO
Mar 2017
(p)
Feb 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Mar 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
56,900 57,600 -700 -1.2% 56,700 200 0.4%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
3,000 3,400 -400 -11.8% 2,700 300 11.1%
Manufacturing
4,200 4,200 0 0.0% 4,100 100 2.4%
Wholesale Trade
1,800 1,800 0 0.0% 1,900 -100 -5.3%
Retail Trade
7,700 7,800 -100 -1.3% 7,800 -100 -1.3%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
2,200 2,200 0 0.0% 2,300 -100 -4.3%
Information
600 600 0 0.0% 600 0 0.0%
Financial Activities
1,800 1,800 0 0.0% 1,800 0 0.0%
Professional & Business Services
2,900 3,000 -100 -3.3% 2,900 0 0.0%
Educational & Health Services
9,700 9,800 -100 -1.0% 9,600 100 1.0%
Leisure & Hospitality
6,000 6,000 0 0.0% 6,400 -400 -6.3%
Other Services
2,000 1,900 100 5.3% 2,000 0 0.0%
Government
15,000 15,100 -100 -0.7% 14,600 400 2.7%

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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