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Attracting the youth

Study confirms young people flock to N.D. for jobs

October 17, 2013

Dane Towery considered joining a couple of his friends in moving to the Minneapolis area after graduating from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks last spring....

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Oct-17-13 8:06 PM

The story provides only one perspective and data point - the money rate**** survey. While true ND has a low unemployment rate and people can make very good salaries in the oil and related industries, how much does a business loan officer earn here? It's very likely he would earn more in the Twin Cities and have more opportunities to advance there since MN has unusually many larger corporations headquartered there. Since MN's unemployment rate is only 5.3% or 2.3% higher than ND, jobs aren't difficult to find.

Last, the other measure the story doesn't cover is quality of life. Forbes, Money Magazine and too many others to list consistently rank the Twin Cities as the top places to live in the country because it invests in education, parks, museums, the arts, infrastructure, biking trails, sports facilities and other public amenities.

Life in North Dakota is great in a lot of ways, but it's also limited in many ways too.

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Oct-17-13 7:40 PM

Not complaining stating the facts, and no I don't have tattoos and yes I have been turned down for a job because I was told I was overqualified...

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Oct-17-13 2:50 PM

In other words, yes it's nice, but what are you going to do to keep these young people when people over this age with degrees are having a hard time finding jobs and under 40?

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Oct-17-13 1:39 PM

Nice piece but what about doing a story on those younger than 40 with two or three degrees who are having a hard time getting a job because they are "over qualified" and in the mean time try to find an "underemployment job" while trying to get a job and told you are "over qualified"...yes Minot is a great place for oil, but what about trying to mirror the rest of the country where degrees should matter in some jobs (i.e. in Nashville where the hospital jobs you have to have degrees for those jobs that mirror those in Minot and so forth)'s sad when you want to make your home Minot and have to be force to try to take a job underemployed and turned away when you try to make ends meet....

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Oct-17-13 9:15 AM

"The North Dakota Department of Commerce and young adults themselves cite jobs as a major factor behind census figures showing that North Dakota has a larger proportion of its population 9.1 percent in the 20- to 24-year-old age category than any other state. That census statistic helped earn North Dakota top honors as the best state for young adults in study by MoneyRates****, a banking website."

"Study confirms young people flock to N.D. for jobs"

Wow, just wow. A scant decade ago--even less than that--when I was among that age group, such a headline would have been unthinkable anywhere in North Dakota. Remember when "Outmigration" was the hottest buzzword? It was as recent as 2005 when I last recall seeing it in a certain North Dakota newspaper. What a difference ten years can make...

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Oct-17-13 1:44 AM

'Flock' seems about right. They drive like sheep: all hooves and no innate sense of direction.

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