The health of the labor market is a big issue right now for many callers and the listening audience in general. I provide a look at the JOLTS data for ND in this post.
To follow up and expand the births data discussion some I calculated fertility rates to shed further light on the changes over the last decade plus in North Dakota.
Births in ND increased over the years of fracking expansion in North Dakota. I break out the data around mothers age to further our understanding of the changes.
Despite the high population growth for ND from Census 2020 the births numbers were declining, even before the COVID crisis.
Talking about inflation in the West North Central area and some issues along with that inflation.