More jobs are available than unemployed people to fill in U.S. and in North Dakota, a rare phenomenon for the country, Mr Doug Burgum said.
Job Job Postal Subscribe 12,178 Job Dakota opened in January, compared with around 10,600 residents who are deemed unemployed. Job openings are to be listed with the voluntary agency, and companies can not fill every single post they need, Burgum said. The state believes that there are as many as 30,000 jobs available, he said.
There were more than 6 million Americans unemployed in November, compared to 6.9 million job openings, according to the Labor Statistics Bureau. "If you want a job, they can get a job," said Carey Fry, a customer service manager for the Postal Service in Fargo.
In this competitive environment, city leaders and states throughout the country have become creative to attract workers.
The final fall, Tulsa, Okla. Announced that he would pay $ 10,000 for people who moved to the city to work remotely, thanks to a donation from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
The tender offered headlines and more than 10,000 applicants in one week, the foundation was confirmed. The application process ultimately closed due to "incredible response to the program," according to the group's website.
Vermont implemented a remote work program such as Tulsa, offering $ 10,000 last year with 100 people.
Neighbor to North Dakota, the Economic Development Authority will bring Harmony, Minn. Up to $ 12,000 for anyone who builds a house and lives there. Moorhead offers a number of programs, including a two year property tax rebate and a free recreation pass for a year for those who build new houses.
So why does North Dakota incentivize money or just money to attract new workers?
Well, it shows that the constitution of the state states that the state and its political subdivision "can not lend or give or donate to an individual, association or corporation other than reasonable support of poor. " What prevents the state from issuing oil-income checks for residents such as Alaska, said Burgum.
"It's likely to be a legal challenge, which gives people just money," he said, putting his interpretation based on the views of the North Dakota Legislative Council and past state officials.
Even if it was not in the constitution, it was unlikely that the practice would make good policy, Burgum said. People can only keep the money until they go out, trying to leave them.
Workers have the opportunity to choose the place they live for the first time and where they work second, Burgum said. To remain competitive, he believes that North Dakota will have "high functional education systems" and vibrant communities.
"Before you get incentives even if communities do not want people to live, we will not pull the workforce," he said. "If you do not have both things (education and vibrant communities), then you're not in the game."
The largest industry in the state is the health and social care sector, which had more than 64,000 jobs in mid-2018, according to the Postal Service.
Sanford County, where the healthcare sector is around 20,000 employees, Health Sanford, the largest employer in the state, is in line with the Postal Service data. With almost 30,000 employees, Sanford has more than 8,900 workers in the Fargo-Moorhead area. With 900 more than the metro area in 2015, the healthcare provider said.
Sanford uses incentives and competitive wages to attract workers, and is involved in the community to make a wonderful place to live, Brittany Montecuollo, vice president of nursing and clinical services for Sanford Fargo, said.
"I do not think there will always be a day where we do not have jobs for nurses or your medical settings," said Montecuollo. "In order to stay ahead, we are in constant recruitment condition."
More companies are required to pay more to attract workers, and sometimes offer their own incentives, Fry said. The North Dakota average from mid 2018 was $ 24.65 per hour, or an annual salary of $ 51,172, according to the Postal Service. More than 50 per cent of the open jobs reported to the Postal Service were paid at least $ 20 per hour, and around 14 per cent pays less than $ 15 per hour.
"Employers are doing, I think, what they need to do to attract workers," she said. "Employers do not go away without paying very well. People who pay less than $ 10 per hour are very difficult to find employees."