Department of Numbers

North Dakota Job Growth

There were 411,800 jobs in North Dakota in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 385,573 employed persons for the month. North Dakota added 700 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 694 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Dakota job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 411,800 +700 -28,500
CPS 385,573 -694 -11,947

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 57,100 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 25,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in North Dakota reached a maximum of 403,589 in December 2014. 18,016 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 10,663 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 411,800 700 385,573 -694
January 2021 411,100 3,200 386,267 1,013
December 2020 407,900 600 385,254 -318
November 2020 407,300 -700 385,572 -440
October 2020 408,000 -800 386,012 421
September 2020 408,800 1,600 385,591 1,358
August 2020 407,200 4,500 384,233 2,346
July 2020 402,700 4,400 381,887 2,856
June 2020 398,300 4,000 379,031 2,493
May 2020 394,300 8,300 376,538 1,628
April 2020 386,000 -52,700 374,910 -22,147
March 2020 438,700 -1,600 397,057 -463