Department of Numbers

North Dakota Job Growth

There were 408,300 jobs in North Dakota in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 383,442 employed persons for the month. North Dakota lost 2,000 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 2,067 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Dakota job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 408,300 -2,000 -31,200
CPS 383,442 +2,067 -10,907

North Dakota Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for North Dakota as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in North Dakota

CES employment peaked in December 2014 for North Dakota at 468,900. Since then 60,600 jobs have been lost in North Dakota according to the employer survey. From a trough of 396,500 in April 2020, North Dakota has gained 11,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in North Dakota reached a maximum of 405,688 in November 2014. 22,246 jobs have been lost in North Dakota since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 365,917, North Dakota has added 17,525 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 408,300 -2,000 383,442 2,067
October 2020 410,300 600 381,375 2,013
September 2020 409,700 1,400 379,362 2,080
August 2020 408,300 3,600 377,282 1,735
July 2020 404,700 4,200 375,547 1,625
June 2020 400,500 1,900 373,922 8,005
May 2020 398,600 2,100 365,917 -3,835
April 2020 396,500 -42,800 369,752 -27,852
March 2020 439,300 -1,800 397,604 2,153
February 2020 441,100 0 395,451 504
January 2020 441,100 900 394,947 594
December 2019 440,200 700 394,353 4