Department of Numbers

North Dakota Job Growth

There were 421,200 jobs in North Dakota in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 389,004 employed persons for the month. North Dakota added 3,400 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 919 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Dakota job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 421,200 +3,400 +13,900
CPS 389,004 +919 +3,432

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 47,700 jobs have been lost in North Dakota according to the employer survey. From a trough of 386,000 in April 2020, North Dakota has gained 35,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in North Dakota reached a maximum of 403,589 in December 2014. 14,585 jobs have been lost in North Dakota since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 374,910, North Dakota has added 14,094 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 421,200 3,400 389,004 919
October 2021 417,800 700 388,085 82
September 2021 417,100 500 388,003 674
August 2021 416,600 -500 387,329 -217
July 2021 417,100 300 387,546 644
June 2021 416,800 0 386,902 -500
May 2021 416,800 -200 387,402 701
April 2021 417,000 1,800 386,701 467
March 2021 415,200 2,700 386,234 667
February 2021 412,500 1,400 385,567 -700
January 2021 411,100 3,200 386,267 1,013
December 2020 407,900 600 385,254 -318