Oil and Gas Industry Driving Private Sector Jobs in ND - Topic A: Energy
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October 31, 2014

Oil and Gas Industry Driving Private Sector Jobs in ND

The Dickinson Press reports that “North Dakota’s thriving oil and gas industry accounts for nearly one in seven private-sector jobs covered by unemployment insurance, according to data that could have a big impact on how tax revenue flows to oil-impacted cities, counties and school districts.”

“A Job Service North Dakota report released Wednesday found that of the state’s 359,415 private-sector jobs covered by unemployment last year, 55,137 jobs, or 15.3 percent, were either directly involved in or related to oil and gas development.”

“Those jobs represented $5 billion of the total $17.5 billion in wages paid to workers counted in the report, which didn’t include most self-employed farmers but still encompassed more than 90 percent of the state’s private-sector employees, said Michael Ziesch, labor market information manager at Job Service North Dakota.”

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