September's unemployment numbers

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WILLISTON, N.D. - The U.S. Department of Labor reports that September’s unemployment rate was the lowest it’s been in 50 years. That might make it more difficult for North Dakota employers to recruit out-of-state workers to fill their vacant jobs.

Job Service North Dakota has recently been expanding their out-of-state recruitment tactics, but employees say the amount of people willing to move to North Dakota at this time of the year might be limited. The federal government says last month, 3.5% of the country’s labor force was jobless. They haven’t seen it that low since December of 1969.

“That is certainly going to impact us trying to recruit folks to fill all these positions, especially when winter feels like it started October 1. They might be less likely to come from another state where the nation is doing well in regard to unemployment," said Paula Hickel, Job Service Williston Workforce Center manager.

September’s jobs report shows there were 14,000 openings in North Dakota.