The rapidly changing economy requires a well-educated and highly skilled workforce that responds to employers' needs and to changing economic conditions.
Demographic changes in North Dakota are reshaping the workforce. "Baby boomers" continued to reach retirement age and young people continued to move to North Dakota seeking employment, which contributed to making North Dakota the fourth youngest state in the nation, with a median age of 34.9 in 2014. The population in entry and prime labor force (25 to 44 years old) has seen a substantial increase of 15 percent from 2010 to 2014 and is projected to increase in a similar manner through 2020.
Higher education and skilled labor certification attainment results in greater individual earnings and helps ensure workers' preparedness for an increasingly complex working environment. Research suggests that individuals with higher levels of education are better able to compete for high-quality jobs and more likely to obtain jobs with better working conditions, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Dakota ranked number one in the nation in regards to low unemployment with a rate of 2.8 percent in September 2015. While this is a good sign for the economy, many businesses, agencies, and programs throughout the state are struggling with workforce shortages. This month'sFor Discussionarticle highlights some of the challenges the North Dakota Head Start organization currently encounters due to worker shortages.
Vibrant Economy Leads to Workforce Shortages - Head Start Programs Statewide Are Feeling the Impact
A Bold New Direction for the North Dakota University System - The NDUS Edge Dashboards
With a mission of "unleashing potential" and a vision of "inspiring our future," the State Board of Higher Education officially approved The North Dakota University System (NDUS) Edge, a five-year strategic plan that includes a framework for transformational change within the NDUS. The NDUS Edge consists of four goals, which are tied to indicators. Jennifer Weber from the North Dakota University Systemhighlights the NDUS Edge Dashboards, which include data from the indicators associated with The NDUS Edge's goals.
By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, North Dakota Compass gives everyone in our state--policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here--a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities.