Almost 38,000, or 46 percent of those aged 18 and over in the region,
"are available for potential employment."
43 percent of the employed labor force in the region would consider changing
jobs, and another 7 percent would be interested in taking a second job.
One-third of available labor has vocational, technical or four-year
degree; two-thirds have some training or education beyond high school.
More than half of the available labor force report training in occupation
other than current job.
54 percent would accept a new job for less than $10 an hour; and
78 percent would accept for less than $12.50 an hour.
Calculated by job tenure, largest available labor groups interested in
either a new job or an additional job were:
- those with the least job tenure (up to one year with current employer),
which made up 25 percent of pool
- those with the most job tenure (over 10 years of experience with
current employer), with 24 percent, followed by those with five to
10 years of job tenure, at 18 percent.
Traill County, Mayville-Portland
41 percent, or more than 11,000 of 28,000 working age; 85 percent
are currently employed.
70 percent of those employed and available have some college experience.
An acceptable wage to change jobs would be $9 an hour.
One-third of available workforce are professionals, technicians
or managers; "There is a ready supply of qualified, highly
educated and well-trained workers within 30 miles that could be
enticed to consider alternative employment."
15 percent of employed (or 8,100) self-reported being underemployed.
47 percent of employers reported it was common for them to receive
applications from people with higher education levels than open
47 percent of working population have either a bachelor's (39 percent)
or associate's degree (8 percent); another 32 percent have some
"The area has a low unemployment rate compared to the rest
of the country, but employers can find qualified employees in many
occupations at prevailing wage and salary levels. ... Office employers
and employers of unskilled manual labor would have the best recruiting
About 4,500; 61 percent looking to change jobs, another 20 percent
looking to take on additional work.
About 25 percent of available workforce has a college degree, including
about 20 percent with bachelor's or better.
The study identified two distinct labor markets. Workers looking
for new employment and living in Mercer County would be willing
to work for an average of $8 an hour.
Workers interested in new employment were willing to commute an
average of 40 miles (one-way) to a job.
Two of five employed individuals looking for new or additional
(11 counties in North Dakota, three counties in both Montana
and South Dakota,1998)
46 percent of adult population of about 44,000 is a potential job
seeker; about 70 percent are employed.
Among available labor, about 60 percent have some college or vocational
training; about 30 percent have degrees.
About 55 percent of potential job seekers earned less than $10 an
Largest single age group are those 35 to 44 years old, who make
up about one-third of the potentially available labor pool.
Data were compiled from various reports.
The information included here does not reflect changes in the employment
picture that have occurred since those reports were published, nor
it is meant to be all-inclusive.