Cities and states around the U.S. are offering incentives — including cold, hard cash — to prospective residents in an effort to attract employees in a tight workforce, but North Dakota’s constitution may keep the state from doing that.
There are more jobs available than there are unemployed people to fill them in the U.S. and North Dakota, a rare phenomenon for the country, Gov. Doug Burgum said.
Job Service North Dakota listed 12,178 openings in January, compared to about 10,600 residents who are considered unemployed. Listing job openings with the agency is voluntary, and companies may not list every single job they need filled, Burgum said. The state believes there are as many as 30,000 jobs available, he added.
More than 6 million Americans were unemployed as of November, compared to 6.9 million job openings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “If someone wants a job, they can find a job,” said Carey Fry, customer service manager for Job Service in Fargo.
In this competitive environment, city and state leaders around the country have gotten creative in attracting workers.