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Bismarck, North Dakota Job Growth

There were 72,300 jobs in Bismarck, North Dakota in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 68,219 employed persons for the month. Bismarck lost 100 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 206 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bismarck job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 72,300 -100 +1,900
CPS 68,219 +206 +1,158

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Bismarck, North Dakota Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Bismarck 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 for Bismarck, North Dakota

CES employment for Bismarck peaked in November 2015 at 75,200. Since then 2,900 jobs have been lost in Bismarck according to the employer survey. From a trough of 65,000 in April 2020, Bismarck has gained 7,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in August 2021 for Bismarck is at a new high of 68,219.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Bismarck, North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 72,300 -100 68,219 206
July 2021 72,400 400 68,013 304
June 2021 72,000 100 67,709 126
May 2021 71,900 0 67,583 13
April 2021 71,900 100 67,570 -14
March 2021 71,800 200 67,584 -66
February 2021 71,600 100 67,650 -21
January 2021 71,500 400 67,671 57
December 2020 71,100 200 67,614 106
November 2020 70,900 200 67,508 110
October 2020 70,700 -100 67,398 121
September 2020 70,800 400 67,277 216