Will removing extra federal unemployment benefits impact ND labor markets? I am skeptical and here is why.
North Dakota is thinking about recovery and that is great. Here is where some parts of the economy are right now to help understand how far we need to recover.
I am doing some forecasting for initial claims and thought I would introduce the data set. I think claims will likely be important indicator for the state economy.
The radio audience really responded to the topics of income and wages the last few weeks. Along with the population posts (which I confess I find more interesting) I include another look at wages. I grabbed the data for goods producing and service providing jobs in three North Dakota counties: Cass, Grand Forks, and Williams. Nothing necessarily scientific about the county selection, just three that I know and that will likely give us something to ponder.
So JT asked me about the existence of a labor shortage in Grand Forks. Essentially asking if there really is one or is it something we make up to explain some issue in local labor markets. Let’s first understand that this can change from time to time, month to month as it were. Let’s go to the data.