Economic Outlook

Quarterly Reports

Economic Outlook: Q4 2020

North Dakota Forecast Model  |  Released November 2020

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Key Points
  • Economic forecasts for North Dakota show a state that is continuing to struggle amidst the COVID-19 economy. However, the current forecast notably shows improved outlooks compared to previous reports.
  • Over the forecast time period, declines are expected for total wages and salaries, labor force participation, gross state product, and total tax collections.
  • Although a declining labor force is not good for the North Dakota labor market, there is evidence that the state unemployment rate will remain low and approach pre-COVID-19 levels. 
  • Similar effects can be seen for the metro areas, with variances between different regions of the state. Detailed forecasts and summaries for Fargo, ND-MN, Bismarck, ND, and Grand Forks, ND-MN, are included in the quarterly report. 

Economic Outlook: Special Report

A forecast of the effect of COVID-19 on North Dakota  |  Updated August 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global economy. Many predict the United States will experience an economic downturn alongside a historic increase in unemployment. These factors alone suggest concern for the North Dakota economy. Moreover, these events are coinciding with a collapse in oil prices, a critical source of revenue for the state of North Dakota. This report details the possible effect of expected increases in national unemployment and a decrease in oil prices on the North Dakota economy. We use the North Dakota Forecast Model to estimate a series of scenarios. The model predicts North Dakota will experience a decrease in salaries and wages, a decrease in the labor force, an increase in the unemployment rate, a decrease in gross state product, and a decrease in total tax collections.


Economic Outlook: Q3 2020

North Dakota Forecast Model  |  Released August 2020

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Key Points
  • The North Dakota outlook shows signs of economic decline in the coming months, including reduced wages, declining labor force participation, rising unemployment, and significant decreases in gross state product and total tax collections. Similar effects can be seen for the metro areas.
  • This report represents forecasts based on the most recently available data when the model was run in July 2020. (For some series, the most recently available data is from 2019.) These forecasts serve as a projection for how the economy will respond to current economic conditions based on historical data and trends.
  • To see updated forecasts that incorporate economic shocks in national unemployment and falling oil prices, read the Economic Outlook Special Report: A forecast of the effect of COVID-19 on North Dakota. 

Economic Outlook: Q2 2020

North Dakota Forecast Model  |  Released April 2020

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Key Points
  • Due to the use of historical data and lags in the model, this forecast does not include recent changes to economic conditions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • This report represents forecasts based on the most recently available data when the model was run in April 2020. (For some series, the most recently available data is from 2019.) These forecasts serve as a baseline for how the economy was projected to grow before the economic shocks brought on by the pandemic.
  • To see updated forecasts that incorporate economic shocks in national unemployment and falling oil prices, read the Economic Outlook Special Report: A forecast of the effect of COVID-19 on North Dakota.

 


The views expressed in these reports belong to the researchers and do not represent the views of North Dakota State University.

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