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Good Economy Leads To Many Open Positions In Fargo

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North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, coming in around 3% of people without a job, and you might think there are fewer open jobs out there because of it, but business owners in the Fargo-Moorhead area say it's quite the opposite.

Carol Widman, owner of Carol Widman's Candy Co, says most shops in Fargo work without that extra set of hands they need.

"I see signs everywhere, in fact what I am seeing now is what I saw last summer, this is very unusual right now, to see so many employment signs," says Carol. A drive down 13th Ave is sending a message, help wanted "Part of my sign says now hiring, the other part says chippers, which it always says," says Carol, "I just think there's so many businesses, there's so many restaurants, there's a lot of retail, there's just so many places to work in this community as it's grown."

Carol says because the economy is so good people are always looking for the next step in their career, and maybe if there were not so many jobs, people would stay where they are a little longer.

"We have always need like one extra body," says Andy Haake, assistant manger at Rent-A-Center, and adds they have been looking for workers for months. But, he sees no problem with it. "I've never really had to work hard to get a job in the Fargo-Moorhead area, I think we are pretty fortunate for that, there are always opportunities," says Andy.

With new openings, come fresh faces of all ages, young or old. "There's going to be change, and that's just typically business," says Carol.

So, if you are looking for a job, the solution may be as simple as taking a drive around town.

Some drivers might find these signs distracting, but business owners tell me they really work. You might want to get used to them here on 13th, because Carol says they hire the most when college students leave in the summer.

And since school is in session expect more places to be hiring. Carol says a lot of people are applying for jobs online, but she says. It's better to just stop in and ask for a job a lot of times she makes her decision on who to hire in just seconds.

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