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Forum Communications, Published July 05 2012

North Dakota job postings down in June, but above 2011

BISMARCK – North Dakota had fewer job openings posted online in June than in May, but still has thousands more employment listings than a year ago, according to a new Job Service North Dakota report.

The number of June postings dropped by 655, or 2.8 percent, compared to May, but there were 8,321 more postings, or 57.9 percent, than one year ago. North Dakota had 22,695 job openings posted online in June, the report stated.

The report doesn’t include job vacancies that are not advertised online, such as print-only publications, signs and word-of-mouth.

Of the 22 non-military major occupational groups, office and administrative support reported the largest number of openings with 2,385, the report stated.

Transportation and material moving followed with 2,298 openings, and sales and related had 2,290.

Six other occupational groups also reported job opening counts greater than 1,000: management; health care practitioners and technical; food preparation and serving related; construction and extraction; installation, maintenance and repair; and production.

Cass County reported the largest over-the-year increase in the number of job openings with 2,721, followed by Burleigh County with 1,337 and Grand Forks County with 704. The over-the-year increase was 384 for Stutsman County and 300 for Stark County.

The increase for Williams County, which includes Williston, was 558.

Five counties reported over-the-year decreases: Bowman with five fewer postings, Sheridan with five fewer, Wells with four fewer, LaMoure with one fewer and Ransom with 30 fewer.

North Dakota’s rate of unemployed persons per job opening was 0.5 in May, the report said.

One year prior, North Dakota’s rate was 0.8.

An April comparison showed North Dakota at 0.5 unemployed persons per job opening versus the U.S. rate of 3.2.

Twenty-seven North Dakota counties reported unemployed-per-opening rates of less than 1.0, which indicates more job openings than resident labor supply. One year ago, 10 counties reported rates of less than 1.0, the report said.

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