I get asked questions around the timing of COVID economic recovery often and this post shows a bit about my approach to answering the question. It is part of a bigger research project of mine as well.
As we talk about economic development and labor shortages there is a need to think about where we can turn, as a matter of policy, to fill these labor needs.
I revisit some discussions about employment and the population count in Grand Forks. The fact is we need people in Grand Forks if we want labor market dynamics to change. This was true before COVID, and remains true now.
What is Grand Forks? I asked this question many times on the radio with Jarrod Thomas, and it seems it is time to ask it again.
Let’s take a look at metro area employment in North Dakota. We find one growth area and two relatively flat.