Latest North Dakota jobs report

BISMARCK — North Dakota had 22,695 job openings posted online in June, according to a new Job Service North Dakota report.

Openings were lower by 2.8 percent (-655) compared to May but were 57.9 percent higher (+8,321) than one year ago.

The report doesn’t include job vacancies advertised strictly through word-of-mouth, local print-only newspapers, outdoor signage or other nononline means.

Of the 22 non-military major occupational groups, office and administrative support reported the largest number of openings with 2,385, the report said.

Transportation and material moving followed with 2,298 openings, and sales and related had 2,290.

Six other occupational groups also reported job opening counts greater than 1,000: management; healthcare practitioners and technical; food preparation and serving related; construction and extraction; installation, maintenance and repair; and production.

Cass County reported the largest over-the-year increase in the number of job openings with 2,721, followed by Burleigh County (+1,337) and Grand Forks County (+704). The over-the-year increase was 384 for Stutsman County and 300 for Stark County.

The increase for Williams County, which includes Williston, was 558.

Five counties reported over-the-year decreases: Bowman (-5), Sheridan (-5), Wells (-4), LaMoure (-1) and Ransom (-30).

North Dakota’s rate of unemployed persons per job opening was 0.5 in May, the report said.

One year prior, North Dakota’s rate was 0.8.

An April comparison showed North Dakota at 0.5 unemployed persons per job opening versus the U.S. rate of 3.2.

Twenty-seven North Dakota counties reported unemployed-per-opening rates of less than 1.0, which indicates more job openings than resident labor supply. One year ago, 10 counties reported rates of less than 1.0, the report said.