Bismarck-Mandan unemployment rates reach record low

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Chamber of Commerce said in 2017, unemployment rates in the Bismarck, Mandan area were the lowest number on record, and the number of new businesses are on the rise.

More than 1,300 businesses in the Bis-Man area filed paperwork with the Secretary of State this past year, meaning more employment opportunities popped up in the area.

Those businesses filed under three main business structure categories: corporations, partnerships, and trade names.

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce President Brian Ritter said that these businesses started in a climate that was sustainable, stable and consistent.

"We've got a great outlook, we've got great employers, we've got a business climate that will enable those businesses to thrive this year and going into the future," said Ritter.

"To be growing is just kind of an honor," said Bryce Goebel, Goebel Pediatric Dentistry.

The Chamber of Commerce and the secretary of state count Bismarck and Mandan as one community.

"Business in Bismarck will be impacted by Mandan growing. Business in Mandan will be impacted by residential growth in Bismarck, for all intensive purposes this is one market, one economy, one community," said Ritter.

Counting both Bismarck and Mandan as one community helps lower unemployment rates in the area.

Ritter says he's expecting a great 2018 for Bismarck and Mandan's economies.