Since 2005, the number of North Dakota jobs directly supported by the oil and natural gas industry has grown by 992 percent and the number of jobs indirectly supported by the industry has grown by more than 300 percent, according to a study by North Dakota State University.

According to the North Dakota Petroleum Council, our industry directly supported 24,012 jobs in 2014. That number grows larger when you factor in that each drilling rig creates about 177 indirect jobs.

More than half of North Dakota’s taxes come from our industry.


The state’s infrastructure and government also benefit from oil and gas operations: our industry provided $325.9 million in 2014 to the strategic investments and improvement fund. Schools profit as well: in 2013 the Board of University and School Lands received $1.2 million from our industry.