Department of Numbers

North Dakota Job Growth

There were 436,100 jobs in North Dakota in May 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 396,267 employed persons for the month. North Dakota added 1,400 jobs in May 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 62 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Dakota job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 436,100 +1,400 +2,800
CPS 396,267 +62 +2,251

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 468,100. Since then 32,000 jobs have been lost in North Dakota according to the employer survey. From a trough of 429,500 in October 2017, North Dakota has gained 6,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in North Dakota reached a maximum of 405,688 in November 2014. 9,421 jobs have been lost in North Dakota since then according to the household survey. From a October 2018 low of 392,533, North Dakota has added 3,734 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2019

North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2019 436,100 1,400 396,267 62
April 2019 434,700 900 396,205 548
March 2019 433,800 -200 395,657 1,023
February 2019 434,000 -1,400 394,634 1,212
January 2019 435,400 800 393,422 772
December 2018 434,600 600 392,650 65
November 2018 434,000 -600 392,585 52
October 2018 434,600 100 392,533 -56
September 2018 434,500 300 392,589 -167
August 2018 434,200 -1,000 392,756 -333
July 2018 435,200 700 393,089 -411
June 2018 434,500 1,200 393,500 -516