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Labor secretary discusses North Dakota workforce challenges

March 22, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta learned firsthand about challenges to North Dakota’s workforce during a visit to the state.

Acosta made stops across the state Thursday and said one of the main takeaways from his meetings is to never overlook the importance of small business.

During a meeting with tribal college leaders, Acosta said North Dakota is challenged by the ratio of businesses to people in the state. He says there’s one small business for every 10 people and that’s a challenge because jobs are created in a decentralized way.

The Bismarck Tribune says Acosta and Sen. Kevin Cramer also met with community and technical college leaders, union representatives, small businesses, insurance providers and farmers in Fargo. Those conversations centered around workforce needs, including apprenticeship programs, as well as health insurance coverage.

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