Local Impact

North Dakota has experienced exponential growth in jobs and revenue due to oil and natural gas development in the Bakken Shale. 

The oil and natural gas industry supports more than 64,000 jobs in the state, with an average salary of $101,357.  That is almost double the state's average salary of $52,079.  That contributes $3.8 billion to the state's labor income.  And the industry adds $6.5 billion to the state's economy.  

The jobs supported by the industry are not just in exploring, producing, refining, transporting and marketing oil and natural gas, but their activity also drives employment through the purchase of other goods and services that support the industry's operations.  Equipment suppliers, construction companies, management specialists, and food service businesses all possess strong links to the industry. These businesses, in turn, purchase other goods and services that support other jobs throughout North Dakota and the nation.  This type of ancillary economic activity will continue to grow and create much needed jobs.

Additionally, as the state experiences economic growth, shale development impacts other areas across the state, from outdoor activities, roads, government services to agriculture.  Industry, government and business have been working together to ensure development continues without compromising the environment or public welfare.  To read about the impact the oil and natural gas industry is having across these areas, please click on one of the links below.