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Bismarck, North Dakota Job Growth

There were 69,500 jobs in Bismarck, North Dakota in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 66,811 employed persons for the month. Bismarck added 200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 913 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bismarck job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 69,500 +200 -3,500
CPS 66,811 +913 +771

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 5,700 jobs have been lost in Bismarck according to the employer survey. From a trough of 65,099 in April 2020, Bismarck has gained 4,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 68,042 for Bismarck in February 2017. 1,231 jobs have been lost in Bismarck since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 60,894, Bismarck has added 5,917 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Bismarck, North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 69,500 200 66,811 913
October 2020 69,300 -200 65,898 95
September 2020 69,500 -700 65,803 1,367
August 2020 70,200 1,300 64,436 888
July 2020 68,900 1,300 63,548 104
June 2020 67,600 1,400 63,444 2,460
May 2020 66,200 1,100 60,984 90
April 2020 65,099 -8,000 60,894 -5,315
March 2020 73,100 -300 66,209 39
February 2020 73,400 100 66,170 60
January 2020 73,300 200 66,110 68
December 2019 73,100 100 66,042 2