There are more choices, for consumers and job seekers, in the
Bismarck-Mandan area these days. New restaurants are popping up,
and employers are competing for customers and employees in an already
tight labor market.
With the rigid labor market, many people are working longer hours
in Fargo, according to a recent Fargo Forum poll. Among
586 people interviewed, about 31 percent said they spend more time
at work than they did four years ago. Forty-two percent said they
spent the same amount of time, and 16 percent said they spent less
Fargo-Moorhead area employers anticipate fewer new hires than
they did last year. Just 10 percent of companies surveyed by Manpower
Inc. plan staff increases for January through March. A similar number
expected to reduce staff, while 73 percent expect no changes. One
economic development corporation head predicts that this short-term
outlook does not change the area's long-term needs: Another 13,000
people will be needed within the next five years to meet the demand.