by Grand Forks Herald
September 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm in Grand Forks Herald
North Dakota’s fourth-quarter employment outlook is the best in the nation, according to a Manpower survey of employers. Continue Reading
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The problem with North Dakota is that most of the jobs are low paying service jobs. Outside of a few professional jobs in Fargo (mid-size Accounting, Law, Education, Tech), some education jobs in Grand Forks, and goverment jobs in Bismarck, North Dakota is unimpressive. There are no CEO’s, big shot engineers, or world known professors. Not to discount the job stats because it is easy to get a job in North Dakota. But if these jobs were truly great jobs, we wouldn’t see so many UND and NDSU grads flocking to the Twin Cities.
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This may have been true five years ago, but I think that tide is starting to turn a little. Want correlation? Look at the kindergarten enrollment numbers for this year – up 20% district-wide.
That may be indicative of a few things, but certainly one possibility is that the grass simply isn’t greener anywhere else anymore.
I’ve seen plenty of people in their late-20′s and early-30′s actually coming BACK to GF to raise their families or just to get jobs. This is eventually (and already seems to, slowly) going to have an overall lifting effect no matter what the naysayers claim.
Also, embrace retail. Make it better. It doesn’t have to be dead-end – believe it or not, we are in a prime retail location. The retail traffic population may not be close at hand, but they will travel a long way to shop in GF. One only needs to look at license plates in any parking lot on the weekend to see this.
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