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Job Changes and Changing Jobs 


North Dakota has been enjoying a prosperous economy, leading the nation in economic growth for four of the past five years. In 2014, the real GDP increased 6.3 percent from the previous year, outpacing all other states in economic growth.

The oil boom in the Bakken region has attracted a great deal of media attention regarding the state's thriving workforce and employment opportunities. And, indeed, has resulted in a large increase in non-farm jobs over the past several years in a state previously known primarily for its agriculture. North Dakota experienced some of the steepest job gains, year after year, until recently this year when has lost a number of jobs due to the collapse of oil prices.



How do we track those changes? Where does one go to get reliable information?

North Dakota Compass provides an overview of the Economy and Workforce topic areas that highlight data from various sources, one of which is  the Labor Market Information Center (LMIC) of Job Service North Dakotawhich provides the best and most up-to-date labor market information in the state. In this month's Ask a Researcher column Michael Ziesch, the LMIC manager, describes the type of data available, how can it be accessed, and how to obtain more specific or more detailed information from LMIC.

As job change can be difficult to navigate on an individual level, John Trombley, the Village Business Institute's Consulting and Training Manager, joins us in this month's For Discussion column to share his perspective on successful career change and how the VBI can help an individual navigate that transition. 

For Discussion
Competition is Tough Enough; Why Make it Tougher?                                              
John Trombley, from the Village Business Institute (VBI), offers some insight on how job change can be an opportunity, and the many ways the VBI can assist an individual to make the most of that opportunity


Ask a Researcher

Data You Can Trust: The Labor Market Information Center 

The best and most up-to-date labor market information in the state is produced by the Job Service North Dakota, through the Labor Market Information Center (LMIC)Join Michael Ziesch as he  provides some insight about the Center and its activities.


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As a collaborative effort between North Dakota Compass and North Dakota KIDS COUNT, each profile highlights 16 measures focuses on population, household, social, and economic characteristics for each of the 47 districts in North Dakota and compares them with data from North Dakota and the United States.


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Population Trends - CHILDREN & YOUTH:  

North Dakota and U.S. (annual change)

North Dakota and U.S. (CAGR)

North Dakota and U.S. (per working-age adult)

North Dakota and U.S. (per capita)

Comparison with other states (annual change)

Comparison with other states (CAGR)

Comparison with other states (per working-age adult)

Comparison with other states (per capita)

North Dakota, by industry sector