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Job Seekers Find Warm Welcome in Chilly Plains States

by Alicia Leonard | Oct 11, 2012
With a wealth of jobs and too few people to fill them, the Plains states are among the rare pockets in the nation on a hiring binge. North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, plus the western state of Utah are the top five states for job creation so far this year, according to a recent Gallup survey of more than 100,000 U.S. workers.

October 11, 2012

Frustrated with Minneapolis' tight job market, Pam Perleberg sold her house and moved next door to North Dakota, where the wind-chill factor might be higher but unemployment is just 3 percent.

Perleberg liked the idea of a smaller city with less traffic and the opportunity to live closer to her family, though she didn’t expect to land in Fargo on the eve of a January blizzard. North Dakota welcomed her with below-zero temperatures and fierce blasts of 30 mph winds.

“It was awful,” says the 42-year-old university fundraiser. “My mom and I joke that we were like the 'Cannonball Run' on I-94. I was driving the U-Haul, and she was trying to keep up with me in my car.” More

Wares, D. (September 26, 2012) Job Seekers Find Warm Welcome in Chilly Plains States. Retrieved October 11, 2012 from http://bottomline.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/26/13865899-job-seekers-find-warm-welcome-in-chilly-plains-states

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