For the first post of the year I thought I would just give a quick post about some good and bad things I see in the future for Grand Forks, North Dakota, and the US.
A quick forecast of the North Dakota initial claims data. There is a bit of work to do for the next revision, but the claims data show a consistency that contributes to the discussion of overall ND labor market.
The BEA released county level GDP estimates this morning. This is literally a quick dive for three ND counties right after release.
Continuing with some of the comparison points of different areas in North Dakota I look at metro area wages and the differences between them.
I look at the metropolitan area labor force in North Dakota. These seem natural comparison groupings, though the data show serious differences that may change that impression.