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"And The (Jobs) Oscar Goes To....Fargo"

Posted on 26 February, 2011 at 10:50

Most of America hears 'Fargo' and goes right to the award-winning Coen Brothers movie. A wood chipper, a bunch of "you betcha's" and auto salesman Jerry Lundegard's spiraling money problems.

In real life (you mean the movie was fiction?), North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in America at 3.9%. It's biggest problem is the envy of the nation: they can't find enough workers to fill open jobs.

We're dreaming to think this could happen in your state. Or are we? Marci Alboher, VP at Civic Ventures in New York, points to research that bodes well for the unemployed nationwide. "In less than 10 years, we're going to be facing a severe talent shortage in this country, to the tune of about 5 million jobs."

The reason: boomers wil retire (later than they had hoped) and Generation X is not large enough to fill those jobs.

10 years is a long time, but Marci has some immediate advice for you. Listen to her interview on Job Talk America and hear what sectors show the most promise.

As for Fargo, it plans to cross the border in May to hold a jobs fair in Minneapolis. It's hoping to sell North Dakota jobs, and maybe even a repeat performance in this dialogue between Jean and Jerry Lundegaard:

"How was Fargo?"

"Yah, real good now."


February 26, 2011

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