Workforce Shortage in the Dakotas

March 23, 2012 by Emsi Burning Glass

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Mark Schill over at New Geography wrote an interesting article about how difficult it has been to find the right workers throughout the upper Great Plains. They also use our data to help quantify the job demand.

Here is an excerpt:

Since 2008, the region covered by Prairie Business Magazine– North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota – has grown its employment by 1.8 percent, compared to a loss of 2.5 percent across the country. In addition to that growth, North Dakota alone has 21,000 unfilled jobs.

To determine some of the toughest jobs to fill in the region in the past year we used data compiled by EMSI, Inc., a model that includes a combination of over 90 state and federal sources and includes estimates of independent contractors and others. We looked at a number of metrics, including the number of openings in the region due to growth, retirements, and turnover; the number of openings compared to the total jobs in an occupation; and the regional concentration of a job here compared to the rest of the nation.

Give the full article a read.