September 2014
from ND COMPASS         
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

North Dakota's Economy


North Dakota's economy is thriving with strong agriculture, education, technology, and a flourishing energy development sector. Although agriculture is not represented yet as a topic on ND Compass, we recognize its importance to the long-term well-being of our state, our country, and the world.


In recent years, soybeans have become an increasingly important commodity in the North Dakota agricultural landscape, ranking second beyond wheat in production value. Soybeans have a variety of uses from food products and animal feed to hundreds of industrial applications. This month's For Discussion column features a short glimpse into the soybean industry provided by representatives of soybean growers associations at the state and national level.


Looking at the economic development of North Dakota's communities, the Ask a Researcher column presents a tool that measures the strength of the retail business in North Dakota's cities and towns. One of the research findings is that "Clearly, the expansion of the economy in the oil development area is having a significant effect on the retail sales in cities in northwestern North Dakota."


For Discussion
Soybeans -  Growing an Important Commodity for 
North Dakota

In this month's For Discussion column, Edwin Erickson Jr. - national director for the state of North Dakota on the American Soybean Association Board of Directors and farmer, and Nancy Johnson - executive director of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association provide insights into the soybean industry, the organizations who represent the soybean growers, and the work that goes into improving the prosperity of soybean grower members and of the entire soybean industry.

Ask a Researcher

Pull Factors Measure Retail Trade Performance



Randal Coon is a research specialist with the North Dakota State University Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. In this month's Ask a Researcher column, he discusses an economic tool used to measure a community's retail trade performance.

Utilizing YouTube to make your data needs even easier!


For updates, snapshots, and quick glimpses of the state, North Dakota Compass Facebook and Twitter are easy tools at your disposal. For easy location of various visuals provided by both North Dakota Compass and North Dakota KIDS COUNT, the Center for Social Research's Pinterest boards are available for use.

Also, thanks to the support from the North Dakota State University Extension Service , North Dakota Compass has taken it's first steps into the world of YouTube. Here you will find a number of videos highlighting the North Dakota Compass website, which show how to utilize the data and resources in a variety of ways.


Join Karen Olson, project director of North Dakota KIDS COUNT, as she shares how North Dakota Compass can provide a broader perspective of how childhood trends can impact life long outcomes.
 Understanding the Impact of Childhood Trends with ND Compass (video)


New data available

A number of charts have been updated within the following key measures:




All Connection to Adults key measure charts

All Youth Use of Alcohol key measure charts 

All Youth Sexual Activity key measure charts





3 Jobs key measure charts

ND and US (monthly percent change)

Comparison with other states (yearly percent change)

By industry sector (yearly net change)


By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, North Dakota Compass gives everyone in our state--policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here--a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities.
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