Stop blaming workers for employment vacancies in the Fargo-Moorhead area. I am tired of hearing the problem is because of unemployment benefits. Perhaps employers just aren’t providing enough incentives.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary data for July indicates that the FM area has a 2.7 unemployment rate. That is a spectacular number and full employment, no matter how you slice it. At the same time, the number of people in the labor force and working is higher than it has ever been and certainly above pre-pandemic numbers.
If we have very low unemployment and there are more workers than ever, there is a problem that businesses need to solve. It isn’t the worker’s problem. Maybe employers need to entice people to move to Fargo. Perhaps they need to convince folks who are not looking for jobs to enter the labor force.
This is not a worker problem, but a problem with making it attractive to live and work in Fargo and at your business. Certainly, the city and state play a role in making our area a place where workers want to be, but part of this responsibility is on employers.
Maybe product prices can’t support the required employee wages, but that is not a worker issue. It's a business issue.
This is not an issue with our workers based on current unemployment rates and historically high labor force numbers. Let's not blame workers for this shortage.
Ben Myhre lives in Fargo.
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