North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases were up $1.2 billion in the third quarter.
Sales tax collections in the state for July, August and September were $6.735 billion this year, a 22.4 percent increase over last year.
“We have a record number of workers working in the state, a robust housing market, and strong land values, all contributing to upbeat consumer confidence as we entered the fourth quarter,” said Tax Commissioner Cory Fong in a release.
According to tax department data, Bismarck’s taxable sales and purchases were $473,715,941 in the third quarter, up 5.88 percent over the same period last year. Mandan collected $67,004,919, a 13.68 percent increase. Burleigh County collected $486,325,702 and Morton County collected $73,888,049.
Thirteen of 15 industries reported sales tax growth during the third quarter. The retail sector, which reflects consumer confidence, reported a gain of 13.1 percent compared to third quarter last year. Wholesale trade, which reflects spending by businesses, was up 30.7 percent.
The utilities sector had the largest percentage increase of 55.7 percent. Construction grew by 46.1 percent and financial, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing grew 35.5 percent.
The two sectors reporting decreases in sales tax collections were educational, health care, and social services and transportation and warehousing.
Of the 50 largest cities, the largest percentage increases were: New Town, up 87.4 percent; Tioga, up 62.7 percent; and Watford City, up 46.7 percent.
Counties with the largest percentage increases were Renville, up 56.5 percent; Oliver, up 53.2 percent; Divide, up 42.3 percent; Cavalier, up 39.6 percent; and McKenzie, up 39.4 percent.
Linton, down 17.5 percent, and Beach, down 12.7 percent, were among cities with the largest decreases in taxable sales and purchases.
Emmons County, down 24.9 percent, and Golden Valley County, down 10.9 percent, were among counties with the largest decreases.