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Statewide workforce survey to guide policy development

September 5, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A statewide workforce survey by Job Service North Dakota indicates most employers are able to fill an open position within three months.

The survey was conducted by the North Dakota State University Center for Public Choice and Private Enterprise.

About one-fifth of respondents said competition from other employers in the state for a limited number of qualified candidates is their biggest barrier to hiring.

About half were interested in work-based learning programs but only about a third were willing to contribute financially to workforce development.

Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer tells The Bismarck Tribune it’s first time a survey of this nature has been done. She says results and other information developed by the Workforce Development Council will be used to make recommendations to the governor for the next two-year-budget cycle.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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