North Dakota is launching an
$800,000 campaign to attract 20,000 workers to the state, CNNMoney
The North Dakota Economic
Development Foundation aims to fill more than 20,000 jobs, and is teaming up
with oil giant Hess Corp. to launch the campaign in May.
"It is being developed to
target people in states with chronic unemployment and people in industries that
are in high demand in North Dakota, including: engineering, health care,
energy, skilled trades, transportation and information technology," the
foundation said in a statement.
In Iowa, officials have
identified a skilled worker shortage and also are trying to find ways to
attract more workers to the state through initiatives such as Gov. Branstad's Home
Base Iowa initiative, which is targeted at veterans.
North Dakota, though, is dealing with growing
pains, the CNNMoney article said. Over the past few years, the influx of
workers moving to the state has caused a housing shortage, and crime has gone
up. Local restaurants and retailers are struggling to keep up with the surge in