JOBS REPORT
NEXT UPDATE: October 20, 2017 [September 2017 Data]
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's August 2017 not seasonally adjusted employment decreased 0.2 percent (-700) from the prior month but is up 1.5 percent (+6,300) from the same period one year ago. Five of 13 industries reported year-over-year employment decreases led by Retail Trade (-1,400) and Other Services (-900). Eight industries reported year-over-year increases in employment led by Mining & Logging (+4,900), Professional & Business Services (+1,300), and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+1,200). Of North Dakota's three metro areas, Fargo posted an employment gain of 2.2 percent, while Bismarck and Grand Forks reported losses of 0.7 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively.

The Jobs Report is updated monthly using data from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. August 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
Aug 2017
(p)
Jul 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Aug 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
440,100 440,800 -700 -0.2% 433,800 6,300 1.5%
Mining & Logging
19,500 19,000 500 2.6% 14,600 4,900 33.6%
Construction
37,000 37,100 -100 -0.3% 37,100 -100 -0.3%
Manufacturing
24,200 24,200 0 0.0% 24,900 -700 -2.8%
Wholesale Trade
24,200 24,300 -100 -0.4% 24,400 -200 -0.8%
Retail Trade
47,600 47,500 100 0.2% 49,000 -1,400 -2.9%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
23,500 23,600 -100 -0.4% 22,300 1,200 5.4%
Information
6,800 6,800 0 0.0% 6,600 200 3.0%
Financial Activities
25,100 24,800 300 1.2% 24,100 1,000 4.1%
Professional & Business Services
37,000 37,100 -100 -0.3% 35,700 1,300 3.6%
Educational & Health Services
62,600 63,100 -500 -0.8% 62,200 400 0.6%
Leisure & Hospitality
40,600 41,300 -700 -1.7% 40,200 400 1.0%
Other Services
15,100 15,300 -200 -1.3% 16,000 -900 -5.6%
Government
76,900 76,700 200 0.3% 76,700 200 0.3%
BISMARCK, ND METRO
Aug 2017
(p)
Jul 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Aug 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
72,900 73,400 -500 -0.7% 73,400 -500 -0.7%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
6,100 6,200 -100 -1.6% 5,600 500 8.9%
Manufacturing
1,800 1,800 0 0.0% 1,900 -100 -5.3%
Wholesale Trade
2,800 2,800 0 0.0% 2,800 0 0.0%
Retail Trade
8,700 8,800 -100 -1.1% 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
3,500 3,400 100 2.9% 3,400 100 2.9%
Professional & Business Services
8,000 7,900 100 1.3% 8,600 -600 -7.0%
Educational & Health Services
13,900 13,900 0 0.0% 13,800 100 0.7%
Leisure & Hospitality
7,200 7,200 0 0.0% 7,100 100 1.4%
Other Services
3,100 3,100 0 0.0% 3,200 -100 -3.1%
Government
14,000 14,500 -500 -3.4% 14,100 -100 -0.7%
FARGO, ND-MN METRO
Aug 2017
(p)
Jul 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Aug 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
142,500 141,600 900 0.6% 139,500 3,000 2.2%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
11,000 11,000 0 0.0% 10,500 500 4.8%
Manufacturing
10,100 10,000 100 1.0% 9,600 500 5.2%
Wholesale Trade
9,200 9,200 0 0.0% 9,100 100 1.1%
Retail Trade
15,800 15,400 400 2.6% 15,900 -100 -0.6%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
5,600 5,600 0 0.0% 5,400 200 3.7%
Information
3,100 3,100 0 0.0% 3,300 -200 -6.1%
Financial Activities
11,600 11,500 100 0.9% 11,200 400 3.6%
Professional & Business Services
16,500 16,300 200 1.2% 16,000 500 3.1%
Educational & Health Services
23,700 23,700 0 0.0% 23,200 500 2.2%
Leisure & Hospitality
14,300 14,300 0 0.0% 13,900 400 2.9%
Other Services
5,400 5,500 -100 -1.8% 5,400 0 0.0%
Government
16,200 16,000 200 1.3% 16,000 200 1.3%
GRAND FORKS, ND-MN METRO
Aug 2017
(p)
Jul 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Aug 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
55,500 55,400 100 0.2% 56,000 -500 -0.9%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
3,800 3,800 0 0.0% 4,900 -1,100 -22.4%
Manufacturing
4,300 4,300 0 0.0% 4,000 300 7.5%
Wholesale Trade
1,900 1,900 0 0.0% 1,900 0 0.0%
Retail Trade
7,700 7,700 0 0.0% 7,600 100 1.3%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
2,100 2,100 0 0.0% 2,200 -100 -4.5%
Information
600 600 0 0.0% 600 0 0.0%
Financial Activities
1,900 1,800 100 5.6% 1,800 100 5.6%
Professional & Business Services
3,100 3,000 100 3.3% 3,200 -100 -3.1%
Educational & Health Services
9,800 9,800 0 0.0% 9,700 100 1.0%
Leisure & Hospitality
6,100 6,200 -100 -1.6% 5,900 200 3.4%
Other Services
1,900 1,900 0 0.0% 1,900 0 0.0%
Government
12,300 12,300 0 0.0% 12,300 0 0.0%

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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