Bismarck-Mandan Economy Experiencing Uptick

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Several new retail spaces opened up this month in north Bismarck.

The Bismarck-Mandan Development Association says that kind of trend will continue into the new year, because the Bismarck-Mandan economy is experiencing an uptick.

It's a familiar sight all over Bis-Man: construction crews wrapping up work before the end of fall. The Bismarck-Mandan Development Association says its part of a larger trend of growth in the city; a good sign for the economy.

"There's been a lot of construction especially up north, where I live, they've built a Dick's Sporting Goods. They built a Gordman's. And they're just continuing to build more buildings," said Ethan Porter, Bismarck resident.

"We've got a number of large commercial projects whether it be an expansion of Basin Electric or an expansion of NISC in Mandan, new retail offerings. There are a number of large projects that are coming in line here in 2016. That coupled with very strong job growth from our existing employers makes me feel very good about where we are going as a community," said Brian Ritter, CEO, Bismarck-Mandan Development Association.

The Economy-at-a-Glance report also found that there are 2,200 more people working in non-farm jobs in August 2015 compared to the same month last year.

"If we look at the Bismarck-Mandan economy as a whole. We still have 3,000 open jobs as a whole between Bismarck, Mandan, Burleigh and Morton County. So anytime you have an employment rate that's below 2.5 percent, 3,000 open jobs and increasing number coming into the community, that bodes well for a pretty healthy economy whether that's the end of 2015 or as we get into 2016," said Ritter.

The number of single family houses sold remained about the same compared to September of last year. But the number of housing construction permits issued during that month declined.

The number of passenger boardings increased by 3,000 from September of last year to September of this year.