North Dakota's richest industries announced

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Fargo, ND) -- What industry brings in the most capital to North Dakota? The answer may not surprise you so much.

According to recent research conducted by business credit card experts Capital on Tap, here in North Dakota the industry contributing the most to GDP is Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ranks as second, while Real estate and rental and leasing comes in third

Capital on Tap analyzed 26 industries’ gross domestic product using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to reveal which industries are producing the most money in each state.

The industries making the most money in North Dakota are as follows:

  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction: In the second quarter of 2022, in the state of North Dakota, the Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry produced $15,721,700,000 GDP.
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting: This industry made $6,196,300,000
  • Real estate and rental and leasing: This industry contributed to $5,759,400,000 GDP.

Overall, the latest figures show that real estate contributed the largest amount to the United States’ gross domestic product, with a total of $3.1 trillion during the second quarter of 2022.

The GDP for all industries during that period was $25.2 trillion, which means that real estate accounted for 12% of national output. Manufacturing came in second place, delivering $2.7 trillion in GDP, which equates to 11% of the country’s overall economic performance.

“For small business owners, GDP is an important indicator of the economy’s overall health and potential for growth, and from that perspective, the outlook is generally positive, as national GDP has steadily grown in each consecutive quarter since the start of 2021," said COO at Capital on Tap Damian Brychcy. "I think there is a question as to whether that growth can be maintained in 2023 and that's something small business owners will be following closely."

According to recent data, in the third quarter of 2022, the United States manufacturing sector increased output by 1.9%, with over 16 million people employed in this industry across the country. Manufacturing has seen a steady increase since the closures and disruptions during the pandemic and predictions for further growth in 2023 are on the table.

The real estate market was tough to navigate in 2022 with house prices fluctuating and reaching record highs. These are now on the decline, which is promising for buyers in 2023, as well as for the industry.

For more details on the research involved with this study, click here.