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Economic Development

Assets & Opportunity Initiative, Prosperity Now
The Assets & Opportunity Initiative leverages the power of household financial security data, the experiences of asset-building practitioners, and the influence of advocates and policymakers to raise awareness of asset-building issues and improve programs and policies that help low- and moderate-income families build financial security. It contains the Prosperity Now Scorecard, which assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 135 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states can do to help them build and protect assets) and the Local Data Center, a resource for local-level household financial security data and information, including estimates of household wealth and financial access for thousands of cities and counties in America as well as more in-depth data profiles for a growing number of cities.

Census Business Builder (CBB), U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Business Builder (CBB) is a suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format. This data is helpful for those starting or growing a business or understanding the business landscape for a region.

Economic Strengths Rankings, Policom Corporation
POLICOM creates economic strength rankings to study the characteristics of strong and weak economies. The highest ranked areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time. The lowest ranked areas have been in volatile decline for an extended period of time. Policom creates economic strength rankings for all metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas to study the characteristics of strong and weak economies. 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) data sources for regional economic conditions include State Profiles - a quarterly data sheet summation of banking and economic conditions in each state and Bank Data Guide - a summary of various financial and analytical tools that are available on the FDIC's web site.

Regional Economic Accounts, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
The regional economic accounts tell us about the geographic distribution of U.S. economic activity and growth. They provide statistics on gross domestic product (GDP) for states and metropolitan areas, personal income for states and local areas, and regional economic multipliers for any county or group of counties.

States Perform, The Council of State Governments
States Perform provides users with access to interactive, customizable and up-to-date comparative performance measurement data for 50 states in six key areas: fiscal and economic, public safety and justice, energy and environment, transportation, health and human services, and education.

U.S. Cluster Mapping
The website is a national initiative that provides open data on regional clusters and economies to support U.S. business, innovation and policy. Includes interactive, robust data and tools. The project is led by Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Vision West ND
The Vision West ND project, which covers the 19 oil and gas producing counties in western North Dakota, is setting the stage for economic sustainability. Through strategic planning sessions, community leaders and citizens identify strategies most likely to succeed in their region. The primary goals of the project are to address immediate, short-term needs to meet growth management challenges and establish a diversified economy in the future through the development of local and regional strategic plans. Additionally, over 25 infrastructure assessments will be completed for participating communities. The Shale Projections Webinar Series extends projections of drilling, employment, and population from two credible sources to the oil-producing counties of western North Dakota.

Economic Statistics

Census Bureau Economic Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau
Economic data series and surveys with subnational data from the Census Bureau, including The Economic Census, Economic Indicators, and Other Economic Programs. The Economic Census is the U.S. Government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy and it is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Economic Census provides detailed statistics for economic development, business decisions, and strategic planning. Topics include Assets and Capital Expenditures, Business Characteristics, Business Owners, Economic Series, Employment, and Establishments/Firms.
Income statistics provides sales and employment data by industry. Links to various data sources within the Census Bureau's various survey programs, relating to personal income and employment, including the Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.

Governing Data, The States and Localities
Governing Data is a source for state and local government statistics and public records. The Economy section has data wage, personal and household income, unemployment rates, jobs, etc.

Labor Market

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, U.S. Census Bureau
The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program is part of the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau. The LEHD program produces new, cost effective, public-use information combining federal, state and Census Bureau data on employers and employees under the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership. State and local authorities increasingly need detailed local information about their economies to make informed decisions. The LED Partnership works to fill critical data gaps and provide indicators needed by state and local authorities. Data from the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership provide unprecedented details about America's jobs, workers, and local economies and communities. LED integrates existing data from state-supplied administrative records on workers and employers with existing censuses, surveys, and other administrative records to create a longitudinal data system on U.S. employment. State-of-the-art methods to protect the confidentiality of the original respondents allow LED to release data for local and regional areas beyond traditional boundaries for public use on the Internet.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Extensive data on metropolitan, county, and city labor markets, living costs, consumer spending, productivity, occupations, industries, and prices. Economic news releases summarize national-level changes.

U.S. Census Bureau, On the Map
A powerful GIS tool, OnTheMap allows a number of analyses of workforce data, including selection of younger workers (under age 30), and workers by earnings. Based on 2002-2010 LEHD Origin Destination Employment Statistics (LODES), OnTheMap is useful for showing both where workers live, and where jobs are located, and can depict flow patterns (home to work, work to home), as well as specifics on distance and direction, type of industry, and more. All maps, charts, and reports can be down­loaded or printed, and geographies (shape files) can be exported.

Labor Market Information, Job Service North Dakota
Online tool to access labor market information including Reports, Publications, Area Profiles, and Historical Data Analysis. Useful information to help research labor market information on wages and economic data, assess the current trends in North Dakota’s job market, review the current economic climate for an industry on North Dakota, and analyze the labor market in areas if North Dakota.

Small Business

Census Business Builder (CBB), U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Business Builder (CBB) is a suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format. This data is helpful for those starting or growing a business or understanding the business landscape for a region.

U.S. Small Business Administration - Office of Advocacy, Research and Statistics
Part of Advocacy’s mission is to conduct, sponsor, and promote economic research that provides an environment for small business growth. Available data include the economic condition of small businesses in the United States as captured in the annual Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories (see ND's most recent profile).


National Center for Children in Poverty
State policies that promote the economic security of our nation’s families can help offset larger economic and social conditions that make it difficult for families to get by and get ahead. This four-part profile provides data on North Dakota’s low-income children and families and highlights state policy choices regarding families’ work attachment and advancement, income adequacy, and asset development.

National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics
The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) supports planning, analysis, and decision-making activities through the collection, validation, analysis, and dissemination of key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs.

Economic Research Service data, USDA
North Dakota state fact sheets from the United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

Assets and Opportunity Scorecard

Assets and Opportunity Scorecard
The scorecard, developed by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), is a comprehensive look at the state’s financial security today and its opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses North Dakota on outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what the state can do to help them build and protect assets.

North Dakota Compass

Center for Social Research
North Dakota State University

Compass created by:
Wilder Research

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