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Mar 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm


North dakota’s jobless rate increased to a not-seasonally adjusted three-point-three percent in January.  That’s six-tenths higher than December but seven-tenths lower than one-year ago.  job service officials say the rates tend to peak in the first quarter of each year due to seasonal factors.  January was also a colder than usual month hampering outside activities.   Job service area manager keith retmeier says the local office still has around 16-hundred unfilled jobs in the region.   only about two-and-a-half percent of available jobs are posted at the minimum wage level.    total employment in greater grand forks in greater grand forks climbed nearly one percent in january compared to one year ago.

chamber…e-d-c…employers...and job service officials will meet later this week to talk strategy regarding workforce shortages in the grand forks area.

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