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Bismarck, North Dakota Job Growth

There were 71,600 jobs in Bismarck, North Dakota in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 67,600 employed persons for the month. Bismarck added 100 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 61 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bismarck job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 71,600 +100 -1,500
CPS 67,600 +61 +1,430

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 3,600 jobs have been lost in Bismarck according to the employer survey. From a trough of 65,000 in April 2020, Bismarck has gained 6,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 68,042 for Bismarck in February 2017. 442 jobs have been lost in Bismarck since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 60,894, Bismarck has added 6,706 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Bismarck, North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 71,600 100 67,600 61
January 2021 71,500 400 67,539 64
December 2020 71,100 200 67,475 831
November 2020 70,900 200 66,644 746
October 2020 70,700 -100 65,898 95
September 2020 70,800 400 65,803 1,367
August 2020 70,400 800 64,436 888
July 2020 69,600 1,100 63,548 104
June 2020 68,500 1,300 63,444 2,460
May 2020 67,200 2,200 60,984 90
April 2020 65,000 -7,500 60,894 -5,315
March 2020 72,500 -600 66,209 39