Department of Numbers

North Dakota Job Growth

There were 435,200 jobs in North Dakota in August 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 395,116 employed persons for the month. North Dakota added 1,100 jobs in August 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 2,054 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Dakota job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 435,200 +1,100 +4,500
CPS 395,116 -2,054 -8,620

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. 11,393 jobs have been lost in North Dakota since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2018

North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2018 435,200 1,100 395,116 -2,054
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
December 2017 426,200 -800 402,668 52
November 2017 427,000 -2,800 402,616 -109
October 2017 429,800 -200 402,725 -450
September 2017 430,000 -700 403,175 -561