(The Center Square) – North Dakota’s job count increased in December by 862 compared to November’s number but was down 11.2% from the previous December, according to figures released by the Labor Market Information Center.
Most jobs were created in the health care sector, which increased by 15%, according to LMI. Other sectors with significant increases include followed by management, with 1,062, and transportation and material moving, with 986.
The number of active resumes on file with LMI, those posted within 90 days, was 1,948 in December, up by 91 from November and by 375 from December of last year.
Health care workers will also be in demand in the next decade, according to LMI. A report shows a projected demand for 1,700 more personal care aides, such as home hospice and elderly companions, and an estimated 1,200 more registered nurses.
Construction and transportation of materials show substantial demand increases in LMI’s report, with an estimated need for 1,600 more truck drivers by 2032. Truck drivers for tractor-trailers and heavy trucks continue to be in demand, ranking that occupation as the second-highest increase in numbers over the next decade.
Occupations involving food service and preparation will need 2,236 more workers in that labor force.
More than 951 preparation and food service workers will be needed to meet demand in the state over the next 10 years, according to LMI’s report.
General and operational managers will need an additional 1,088 workers by 2032, according to LMI.