UNEMPLOYMENT

Will the end of federal unemployment benefits help local businesses find workers?

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits are ending Monday. This comes as business owners across the Red River Valley continue to struggle with finding new workers. “I know every restaurant out there is hiring and we’re right alongside them, ” Great Plains Hospitality CEO Dan Hurder said. Hurder owns three restaurants and a catering business in both Minnesota…

Pandemic-related federal unemployment assistance ends this weekend in ND

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Effective Saturday, the extra $300 some North Dakotans receive each week in unemployment money will be no more. “Basically what we’re seeing at the end of this week is a return to pre-pandemic norms,” said Sarah Arnston with Job Service North Dakota. Arnston says state-paid unemployment benefits will continue. “What is ending is the federal programs…

Pandemic-related unemployment assistance to end in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum says North Dakota will end its participation in the federal government’s pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs, effective June 19. Burgum says that ending the $300 weekly federal supplemental benefit that is on top of state benefits is being done “to help address the ongoing workforce shortage across the state.” North Dakota had 16,396 online job…

Businesses offer incentives as they struggle to hire new employees

"It's hard to find people, with pandemic and unemployment it's just been really hard to find workers.

FARGO-MOORHEAD (KVRR) — While businesses struggled to stay afloat during the height of the pandemic, they are now faced with a shortage of employees willing to work. Many COVID-19 restrictions have eased in North Dakota and Minnesota is beginning to end some of theirs. Some businesses are hoping to better meet the needs of their customers, but due to a…

Website helps businesses report people who don’t show up for job interviews

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) – North Dakota Job Service is upgrading a link to help out employers. It helps employers report anyone who doesn’t return back to work or anyone who is a no-call no-show for job interviews. The report has been usually filed over the phone but is now accessible online. The Job Service Communication Strategy Manager says the investigation…

Local church hosts pop-up food pantry for community

"We just heard that the need is really intense, a lot of families are underemployed or unemployed still."

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — “The safety of students and staff is our primary concern so we have in place the safety mitigation guidelines that our state is requiring us to follow. The Lutheran Church of the Cross is partnering with the YWCA to set up the pop up drive thru food pantry in West Fargo. Inside the boxes are…

The Dakotas, with few virus rules, have low unemployment

OMAHA, Neb. – Five of the six states with the nation’s lowest unemployment rates are in the Midwest, have Republican governors and have almost no restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Those governors have said their lack of mask mandates or other restrictions are a big reason why their states are riding out the pandemic relatively well,…

Democratic Candidate for North Dakota Governor Lays Out Her COVID-19 Plans

Dr. Lenz also has policies that she says will slow the virus and speed up a stable economic recovery

NORTH DAKOTA — Dr. Shelley Lenz says the plan is based on the incident command system which she says it’s the best practice for dealing with crisis management. Some of the goals are to implement robust and reliable testing, work with surrounding states to reduce interstate transmission, and improve plans as new information becomes available. Dr. Lenz also has policies…

Minnesota applies for $300 per week additional unemployment benefit

MIAMI SPRINGS, FLORIDA – JULY 16: Carlos Ponce joins other demonstrators participating in a protest asking Senators to support the continuation of unemployment benefits on July 16, 2020 in Miami Springs, Florida. The protesters were asking Senators to support the new Schumer/Wyden legislation that extends unemployment benefits for all laid-off Americans as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the economy….

Gov. Burgum Considers Raising COVID-19 Risk Level In Cass & Other Counties

North Dakota has applied to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance program

BISMARCK, N.D. — Some counties in North Dakota could see their COVID-19 risk level go from “Low” to “Moderate” as cases continue to rise. That would mean the entire state is no longer under the same level. Gov. Doug Burgum says he is looking at making the change in Cass, Grand Forks, Burleigh-Morton, Ward and Stark, the counties with higher…