JOBS REPORT
NEXT UPDATE: December 22, 2017 [November 2017 Data]
Preliminary estimates indicate North Dakota's October 2017 not seasonally adjusted employment increased 0.2 percent (+1,100) from the prior month and is up 0.6 percent (+2,700) from the same period one year ago. Six of 13 industries reported year-over-year employment decreases led by Retail Trade (-1,700) and Leisure & Hospitality (-1,300). Six industries reported year-over-year increases in employment led by Mining & Logging (+3,600), Professional & Business Services (+1,600), and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+800). Of North Dakota's three metro areas, Fargo posted an employment gain of 1.7 percent, while Bismarck and Grand Forks reported losses of 0.8 percent and 2.7 percent, respectively.

The Jobs Report is updated monthly using data from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. October 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
Oct 2017
(p)
Sep 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Oct 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
445,500 444,400 1,100 0.2% 442,800 2,700 0.6%
Mining & Logging
19,000 19,400 -400 -2.1% 15,400 3,600 23.4%
Construction
35,100 36,200 -1,100 -3.0% 36,300 -1,200 -3.3%
Manufacturing
24,400 24,300 100 0.4% 24,800 -400 -1.6%
Wholesale Trade
24,500 24,300 200 0.8% 24,600 -100 -0.4%
Retail Trade
47,600 47,600 0 0.0% 49,300 -1,700 -3.4%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
23,100 23,000 100 0.4% 22,300 800 3.6%
Information
6,700 6,800 -100 -1.5% 6,700 0 0.0%
Financial Activities
24,700 24,500 200 0.8% 24,000 700 2.9%
Professional & Business Services
37,000 36,900 100 0.3% 35,400 1,600 4.5%
Educational & Health Services
63,600 63,100 500 0.8% 63,000 600 1.0%
Leisure & Hospitality
38,700 39,200 -500 -1.3% 40,000 -1,300 -3.3%
Other Services
15,800 15,400 400 2.6% 16,100 -300 -1.9%
Government
85,300 83,700 1,600 1.9% 84,900 400 0.5%
BISMARCK, ND METRO
Oct 2017
(p)
Sep 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Oct 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
74,400 73,300 1,100 1.5% 75,000 -600 -0.8%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
6,000 6,000 0 0.0% 5,900 100 1.7%
Manufacturing
1,700 1,700 0 0.0% 1,800 -100 -5.6%
Wholesale Trade
2,900 2,800 100 3.6% 2,800 100 3.6%
Retail Trade
8,600 8,500 100 1.2% 9,300 -700 -7.5%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
2,900 2,900 0 0.0% 2,800 100 3.6%
Information
800 800 0 0.0% 800 0 0.0%
Financial Activities
3,500 3,400 100 2.9% 3,400 100 2.9%
Professional & Business Services
8,100 7,800 300 3.8% 8,400 -300 -3.6%
Educational & Health Services
14,200 14,000 200 1.4% 14,000 200 1.4%
Leisure & Hospitality
7,000 7,100 -100 -1.4% 6,900 100 1.4%
Other Services
3,100 3,100 0 0.0% 3,200 -100 -3.1%
Government
15,600 15,200 400 2.6% 15,700 -100 -0.6%
FARGO, ND-MN METRO
Oct 2017
(p)
Sep 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Oct 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
146,100 145,300 800 0.6% 143,700 2,400 1.7%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
10,500 10,700 -200 -1.9% 10,200 300 2.9%
Manufacturing
10,300 10,100 200 2.0% 9,800 500 5.1%
Wholesale Trade
9,200 9,200 0 0.0% 9,100 100 1.1%
Retail Trade
15,800 15,700 100 0.6% 16,300 -500 -3.1%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
5,700 5,700 0 0.0% 5,600 100 1.8%
Information
3,100 3,200 -100 -3.1% 3,300 -200 -6.1%
Financial Activities
11,500 11,500 0 0.0% 11,200 300 2.7%
Professional & Business Services
17,000 16,900 100 0.6% 15,900 1,100 6.9%
Educational & Health Services
24,100 23,900 200 0.8% 23,700 400 1.7%
Leisure & Hospitality
13,800 14,000 -200 -1.4% 13,800 0 0.0%
Other Services
5,600 5,500 100 1.8% 5,500 100 1.8%
Government
19,500 18,900 600 3.2% 19,300 200 1.0%
GRAND FORKS, ND-MN METRO
Oct 2017
(p)
Sep 2017
(r)
M/M Numeric Change
M/M Percent Change
Oct 2016
Y/Y Numeric Change
Y/Y Percent Change
Total Employment
58,100 57,900 200 0.3% 59,700 -1,600 -2.7%
Mining, Logging, & Construction
3,600 3,700 -100 -2.7% 4,800 -1,200 -25.0%
Manufacturing
4,500 4,400 100 2.3% 4,100 400 9.8%
Wholesale Trade
1,900 1,900 0 0.0% 1,900 0 0.0%
Retail Trade
7,700 7,600 100 1.3% 7,900 -200 -2.5%
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
3,000 3,100 -100 -3.2% 3,100 -100 -3.2%
Educational & Health Services
10,000 9,900 100 1.0% 9,900 100 1.0%
Leisure & Hospitality
6,100 6,200 -100 -1.6% 6,400 -300 -4.7%
Other Services
1,900 1,900 0 0.0% 2,000 -100 -5.0%
Government
14,800 14,600 200 1.4% 14,900 -100 -0.7%

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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