BISMARCK - All of North Dakota's 31,000 registered businesses are being asked about their workforce needs as part of a statewide survey announced Friday, June 1, by the governor and state Workforce Development Council.

"Every community we've been in has needed workers," said Gov. Doug Burgum, adding the survey is an effort to develop state policy that could help companies in filling those needs.

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The survey is being distributed amid 2.6 percent unemployment statewide, a recorded 14,400 open jobs in the state and a tighter jobs market nationwide.

"We estimate the actual number of job openings (in the state) is significantly larger and the needs in our near future could be double that figure," Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer said in a statement.

The governor said he believes it will be a battle between the states in order to get the population needed to fill the jobs.

The 40-question survey, which cost $4,000, is being distributed to the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce's 1,000 members, as well as its partner organizations, including local chambers of commerce and industry groups. Participation will be analyzed daily in an effort to generate interest from all sectors in the state.

Kommer said, to her knowledge, this is the first time a survey of this nature is being conducted on a statewide basis.

Questions cover topics such as employee retention difficulties, time it takes the company to fill a job opening, whether workforce recruitment has hindered company growth, the company's number of job openings, how many people a company hired in the past 12 months, how many they expect to need to hire through 2023, what positions are most needed and what positions are the most difficult to fill.

The survey will be open for at least two weeks, with the goal of completing data analysis and developing policy recommendations by the end of September.