JOBS REPORT
NEXT UPDATE: July 21, 2017 [June 2017 Data]
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's May 2017 not seasonally adjusted employment increased 1.5 percent (+6,600) from the prior month and is up 0.8 percent (+3,700) from the same period one year ago. Four of 13 industries reported year-over-year employment decreases led by Retail Trade (-2,200), Other Services (-700), and Wholesale Trade (-500). Nine industries reported year-over-year increases in employment led by Mining & Logging (+2,600), Professional & Technical Services (+1,400), and Construction (+1,000). Of North Dakota's three metro areas, Fargo posted an employment gain of 1.1 percent, while Bismarck and Grand Forks each posted losses of 0.9 percent.

The Jobs Report is updated monthly using data from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. May 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
May 2017
(p)
Apr 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
May 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
441,200 434,600 6,600 1.5% 437,500 3,700 0.8%
Mining & Logging
17,200 16,500 700 4.2% 14,600 2,600 17.8%
Construction
33,600 30,700 2,900 9.4% 32,600 1,000 3.1%
Manufacturing
24,100 23,800 300 1.3% 24,500 -400 -1.6%
Wholesale Trade
24,500 24,400 100 0.4% 25,000 -500 -2.0%
Retail Trade
47,000 47,400 -400 -0.8% 49,200 -2,200 -4.5%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
23,100 22,800 300 1.3% 22,600 500 2.2%
Information
6,900 6,900 0 0.0% 6,600 300 4.5%
Financial Activities
24,400 24,500 -100 -0.4% 23,900 500 2.1%
Professional & Business Services
36,100 34,900 1,200 3.4% 34,700 1,400 4.0%
Educational & Health Services
62,500 62,900 -400 -0.6% 61,800 700 1.1%
Leisure & Hospitality
39,900 38,700 1,200 3.1% 39,800 100 0.3%
Other Services
15,400 15,600 -200 -1.3% 16,100 -700 -4.3%
Government
86,500 85,500 1,000 1.2% 86,100 400 0.5%
BISMARCK, ND METRO
May 2017
(p)
Apr 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
May 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
74,000 73,500 500 0.7% 74,700 -700 -0.9%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
5,700 5,300 400 7.5% 5,300 400 7.5%
Manufacturing
1,700 1,600 100 6.3% 1,800 -100 -5.6%
Wholesale Trade
2,800 2,800 0 0.0% 2,900 -100 -3.4%
Retail Trade
8,700 8,900 -200 -2.2% 9,200 -500 -5.4%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
2,900 2,900 0 0.0% 2,800 100 3.6%
Information
900 900 0 0.0% 900 0 0.0%
Financial Activities
3,400 3,400 0 0.0% 3,500 -100 -2.9%
Professional & Business Services
8,100 7,800 300 3.8% 8,400 -300 -3.6%
Educational & Health Services
13,900 14,100 -200 -1.4% 13,800 100 0.7%
Leisure & Hospitality
7,100 7,000 100 1.4% 7,000 100 1.4%
Other Services
3,100 3,100 0 0.0% 3,300 -200 -6.1%
Government
15,700 15,700 0 0.0% 15,800 -100 -0.6%
FARGO, ND-MN METRO
May 2017
(p)
Apr 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
May 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
143,300 142,200 1,100 0.8% 141,700 1,600 1.1%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
9,800 8,900 900 10.1% 9,900 -100 -1.0%
Manufacturing
10,100 9,900 200 2.0% 9,600 500 5.2%
Wholesale Trade
9,200 9,100 100 1.1% 9,200 0 0.0%
Retail Trade
15,300 15,500 -200 -1.3% 16,000 -700 -4.4%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
5,700 5,700 0 0.0% 5,500 200 3.6%
Information
3,200 3,200 0 0.0% 3,300 -100 -3.0%
Financial Activities
11,400 11,400 0 0.0% 10,900 500 4.6%
Professional & Business Services
15,900 15,700 200 1.3% 15,700 200 1.3%
Educational & Health Services
23,800 24,000 -200 -0.8% 22,800 1,000 4.4%
Leisure & Hospitality
13,800 14,000 -200 -1.4% 14,000 -200 -1.4%
Other Services
5,600 5,600 0 0.0% 5,500 100 1.8%
Government
19,500 19,200 300 1.6% 19,300 200 1.0%
GRAND FORKS, ND-MN METRO
May 2017
(p)
Apr 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
May 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
57,200 57,000 200 0.4% 57,700 -500 -0.9%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
3,300 2,900 400 13.8% 3,900 -600 -15.4%
Manufacturing
4,100 4,200 -100 -2.4% 4,000 100 2.5%
Wholesale Trade
1,900 1,900 0 0.0% 2,000 -100 -5.0%
Retail Trade
7,800 7,800 0 0.0% 7,800 0 0.0%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
2,200 2,200 0 0.0% 2,200 0 0.0%
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
3,000 3,000 0 0.0% 3,100 -100 -3.2%
Educational & Health Services
9,800 9,800 0 0.0% 9,600 200 2.1%
Leisure & Hospitality
6,100 5,900 200 3.4% 6,400 -300 -4.7%
Other Services
2,000 2,000 0 0.0% 2,000 0 0.0%
Government
14,600 14,900 -300 -2.0% 14,300 300 2.1%

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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