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Published September 13, 2011, 10:33 PM

Unemployed Continue Search For Work at Alerus Center Job Fair

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - North Dakota's fourth quarter employment outlook is the best in the nation right now. But that doesn't mean some people aren't looking for employment.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - North Dakota's fourth quarter employment outlook is the best in the nation right now. But that doesn't mean some people aren't looking for employment.

The job fair at the Alerus Center was busy with people both looking for a job and businesses hiring. But for both employers and potential employees, getting a job in North Dakota is a little different than in other parts of the country.

"I have always found jobs, so it isn't that there's no jobs out there, but like I say, i would like something a little better," Grand Forks resident and job seeker Beverly Allan said.

Allan isn't alone in her quest to find a job. But many job seekers in North Dakota tend to be a bit more picky than in other parts of the country.

"I went to school and I spent many years learning this trade so I'd like to stay in this area," Hatton resident and job seeker Bill Williams said.

Williams has only been unemployed for about two weeks. But he says if he was more flexible, he wouldn't have been laid off from his IT job at the Air Force Base.

"If I was willing to leave North Dakota, I wouldn't be unemployed right now. The company offered to move me, but I like North Dakota. We have great people here, so I'd rather take the people than a good paying job," Williams said.

Job Service North Dakota lists more than 1,600 job openings in the Grand Forks region. That's 300 more than this same time last year.

So with more jobs available, in a state with the nation's lowest unemployment rate, things are a bit different.

"Advantage and a disadvantage, you know, a lot of people are looking at North Dakota as a place to come and find work. But it's also a disadvantage in that there's a lot of work to be had, so when you do have a position that's open it might be harder to get people to apply for your position," Aflac Regional Sales Coordinator Jeremy Tomlinson said.

North Dakota's future employment outlook is bright, which helps keep those looking for work optimistic.

"It makes you feel hopeful, it seems like I should be able to get a new job here pretty.. Like it shouldn't be that difficult, like a lot of people are hiring, that sort of thing," Grand Forks resident and job seeker Erik Graham said.

"I know I'll find one if I keep looking," Allan said.

"Yes, I will find a job sooner or later," Williams said.

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