Department of Numbers

North Dakota Job Growth

There were 435,200 jobs in North Dakota in December 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 391,316 employed persons for the month. North Dakota added 1,700 jobs in December 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 40 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Dakota job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 435,200 +1,700 +9,000
CPS 391,316 -40 -11,352

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 468,400. Since then 33,200 jobs have been lost in North Dakota according to the employer survey. From a trough of 423,700 in January 2018, North Dakota has gained 11,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in North Dakota reached a maximum of 406,509 in November 2014. 15,193 jobs have been lost in North Dakota since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2018

North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2018 435,200 1,700 391,316 -40
November 2018 433,500 -1,300 391,356 -651
October 2018 434,800 -200 392,007 -1,265
September 2018 435,000 -500 393,272 -1,866
August 2018 435,500 1,400 395,138 -2,032
July 2018 434,100 1,600 397,170 -1,807
June 2018 432,500 1,300 398,977 -1,571
May 2018 431,200 5,100 400,548 -1,138
April 2018 426,100 100 401,686 -924
March 2018 426,000 600 402,610 -65
February 2018 425,400 1,700 402,675 46
January 2018 423,700 -2,500 402,629 -39