Business owners in North Dakota are having a tough time finding good-paid work.
They’ve got to spend hours and hours researching job opportunities, often at home.
But if they’re looking for a good job, it’s not the kind of work they can find at the best-paying companies.
“The way you get to a good place is by getting your education,” said Lisa Johnson, a North Dakota native and a retired teacher who moved to the state in 2011.
That’s not always easy, and she knows it.
She’s also not alone.
Johnson has struggled to find a good paying job in North Carolina.
The state’s unemployment rate is 5.4 percent.
It’s one of the highest in the country.
In 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said about 2.2 million North Dakotans worked in the industry.
About half of those were working part time.
That means they’re either unemployed or in part-time positions.
The other half are working full-time.
North Dakots are struggling to get jobs in a job market that has become too competitive.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says the state has lost about 5,600 jobs since 2009.
And North Dakotes job market has not improved much since 2010.
About one in six people in North Dakoteans are unemployed.
About 20 percent are underemployed, meaning they have a job but are struggling with low pay or a lack of benefits.
North Dakota has a high unemployment rate, but its job growth has been sluggish.
That makes it hard for businesses to fill jobs and keep the state from falling into a recession.
“I think that the economy is in the process of turning into a really competitive one,” Johnson said.
Johnson says her situation has become worse as her income has gone down.
“It’s not a good situation.
I don’t think I’m going to be able to afford to live here.”
North Dakottes unemployment rate has jumped to 7.8 percent.
Johnson’s situation has also worsened.
North Carolina is one of three states that have no minimum wage, which means workers often struggle to make ends meet.
Johnson works part time and makes less than $16 per hour, which is not enough to live on.
That leaves her struggling to pay for basic necessities such as rent, food and utilities.
“We’re seeing a lot of folks who are trying to make do with what they have,” Johnson told ABC News.
The jobs that Johnson and her husband could be looking for in North America are not the type of jobs that are getting good pay.
North Carolinians have seen the effects of global competition, and many jobs are moving to China, Mexico and elsewhere.
“There’s a lot more competition now,” Johnson explained.
In North Dakota, that means there’s not enough jobs for all North Dakota residents.
The shortage has been especially bad in Fargo, a town of about 40,000 people, where unemployment has climbed from 10.3 percent in 2015 to 16.3% in 2016.
North Fargo is not alone in the state.
In 2017, Fargo, North Dakota’s capital, had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, at 8.3%.
That’s because of a shortage of jobs in Fargo.
Unemployment has risen in Fargo in part because Fargo is the hub of North Dakota agriculture and manufacturing, where workers often commute to work.
North Kansans are also struggling to find good-quality jobs.
The Bureau of Economics has said North Dakota lost about 6,000 jobs in the last decade.
The BEA predicts that jobs in North Kanes economy will decline by 7 percent by 2025.
And the unemployment rate there is already higher than that of other parts of the country — about 10 percent.
“As far as the overall economy goes, it was a good year for the U.K., but it wasn’t a good one for North Dakota,” Johnson, who is a member of the Fargo Chamber of Commerce, told ABC.
North South Dakota is a place that has been able to grow, but Johnson says that’s not translating into good jobs.
“That’s just not the case,” she said.
“If we don’t have a strong economy, North South Dakotas jobs are going to decline.”
North Dakota is struggling with a severe drought, which has forced some businesses to close their doors.
The water crisis has also affected the health of the people in the area.
“North Dakota has some of the lowest rates of chronic disease in the U of A,” said Johnson.
She said the drought has had a negative impact on North Dakos ability to grow and provide for its residents.
“This drought has made it more difficult for our farmers to sell their crops,” she explained.
“People are not growing enough corn.
They’re not growing rice.
And people are getting sick.”
Johnson is not the only North Dakotic who is struggling.
About 4.2 percent of the state is