North Dakota Employment Statistics

  • 31,884 employers
  • 417,577 employees
  • $1,007 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 8.5% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.3% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: North Dakota Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 6,072 more businesses
  • 68,017 more employees
  • 19.5% increase in total wages
  • $16,386 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 45.6% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: North Dakota Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Cass County North Dakota, 7,050
County with the Most Employees: Cass County North Dakota, 104,571
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Oliver County North Dakota, $1,581
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Rolette County North Dakota, 8.5%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of North Dakota, see: North Dakota Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of North Dakota see: North Dakota Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 395,273 employed workers
  • 9,686 unemployed workers
  • 2.4% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of North Dakota, see: North Dakota Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 31,934 employers, up 0.3% from 31,851
  • 426,728 employees, up 1.6% from 419,952
  • $1,026 average weekly wage, up 4.1% from $986
  • The average weekly wage is 6.3% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.2% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for North Dakota, see: North Dakota Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.