Unemployment grows slightly in North Dakota

According to the state's recent jobs report, nearly a thousand more people were unemployed in December, compared to November.

A "NOW HIRING" sign posted outside a Family Dollar in Fargo.
Morris, Ben

FARGO — Unemployment grew slightly in North Dakota according to the latest state data from December. The data says unemployment grew to 2.8%, up from 2.5% statewide in November. However, those numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

Carey Fry, the workforce center manager for Job Service North Dakota in Fargo, said it's because of the shrinking job market for seasonal jobs every winter.

She added that even though the data for the metro hasn't been released yet, they aren't expecting much of a change in the unemployment numbers.

"We have over 143,000 people who are in our labor force," Fry said. "Just a little over 2,000 people aren't working, so I'm not sure that we're going to see a big jump, if a jump at all in the Fargo-Moorhead area."

But she said if you're in the market for a new job — even if you've already got one — the ball is in your court for the foreseeable future.


"This is an employee's time to shine," Fry said. "There's lots of job openings, and you can probably get a job that pays you better than what you're earning now."

For those looking to get a new job, Fry said they have over 6,000 jobs available, as well as special training for those looking to jump into a skilled work field available at their website .

Related Topics: NORTH DAKOTA
Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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