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Rugby market area labor force 58% of adult population

By Staff | Sep 3, 2011

The Rugby Labor Market Area (LMA) includes the counties of Bottineau, Rolette, McHenry, Pierce, and parts of Benson and Ward, according to a regional labor availability study.

The study completed in 2010 is a collaboration of the ND Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Development, Job Service North Dakota and the Social Science Research institute, and the University of North Dakota.

The total population of the Rugby LMA (age 18 and over) is 31,707,

In this labor market area, there is a potential labor force of 19,390 or approximately 61 percent of the adult population. Most of these people have jobs but would be willing to consider alternative jobs. The average age is 45 years old. Nearly half (44%) are willing to commute at least 60 miles round trip. This potential labor force has above average computer skills and an average of 8 years of management experience. Over half (60%) have received job skills training in the past three years.

Of these potential job seekers (pjs) 68% have education/training beyond high school; 20% have obtained an undergraduate degree and 7% have a post-graduate/professional degree, according to the study report. It appears in this study that education/technical training beyond high school is important for potential job seekers in this area.

For job seekers today, 51% prefer on-the-job training at least in this study. Nearly one third (29%) currently work shifts with an additional 57% willing to consider shift work.

The Rugby Regional Employment status at the time of this area labor study showed 64% employed, 23% retired, 9% homemakers, students, etc., and 4% unemployed.

The largest number of people in the area, 20.9% are in healthcare/social services with another 20.5% in the education field. Wholesale/Retail Trade shows 16% of the regional population in this study. Another 10% works in public administration. Nearly 9% of the job force is in agriculture. Finance, insurance and real estate make up another 8% of this population. Transportation, communications, and utilities make up 7.7 %. The manufacturing and construction industries show 3.9% in construction and 2.8% employed in manufacturing.

Job seekers who have a high level of education, such as educators in this area who show 22.5% with postgraduate degrees, or health car and social services with 11.3% of postgraduate degrees are making more money than those in manufacturing. Job seekers in manufacturing showed no undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in this study, although nearly 82% had some level of education beyond high school.

Of interesting note is that the highest wage earners out of the nine industries studied were construction which showed 89.3% with some level of education beyond high school and just 7.4% with undergraduate degrees.

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