I plot out the case and hospitalization data for North Dakota. The press conference the Governor held yesterday made clear the concerns, and the graphs speak directly to the issues.
The data are not really in yet but there are going to be ongoing issues in the retail sector for Grand Forks, and North Dakota
A little discussion of shutdowns with a local example thrown in to show that things do get better.
JT and I are devoting a portion of my weekly appearance to the Grand Forks Flood of 1997, and the business and economic consequences of the event. The consequences of some events are best understood with the perspective of time, and natural disasters are clearly this type of event. For today’s post I chose to look at unemployment, but in a slightly different way.
Seventeen years ago the Red River flooded caused immense damage in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. It seems natural to take a look at the state of the economy. Certainly there were major changes, and it is important to note which changes had more impact or longer durations than others. The time patch of the Grand Forks experience is also important. Lessons for other communities about what went right, and what went wrong could be gleaned from this nearby history.