Department of Numbers

North Dakota Job Growth

There were 408,900 jobs in North Dakota in September 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 379,040 employed persons for the month. North Dakota added 600 jobs in September 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 1,758 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Dakota job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey September 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 408,900 +600 -30,000
CPS 379,040 +1,758 -15,149

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 60,000 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 12,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in North Dakota reached a maximum of 405,688 in November 2014. 26,648 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 13,123 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2020

North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2020 408,900 600 379,040 1,758
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
November 2019 439,500 900 394,349 31
October 2019 438,600 -300 394,318 129