Saturday, May 12, 2007

Low Jobless Rates, Czechs Find Work in Montana

Billings, Montana and Logan, Utah, tied for first place as cities with the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, at just 2%, according to the BLS's report on metro area jobless rates for March. Billings is facing a labor shortage as demand for workers increases for summer employment, and employers are hiring workers from as far away as the Czech Repbulic!

From today's Billings Gazette: Bonnie Ples, who manages the Red Lodge Pizza Co. says her restaurant is counting on Czech guest workers.

"Yeah, it's hard to find workers, so we are hiring eight Czech Republic workers for the summer," she said.

Czech workers might also find employment opportunities in Australia, where the unemployment rate just fell to a 32-year low of 4.4%, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

7 Comments:

At 5/13/2007 8:25 AM, Anonymous Bob Wright said...

I saw a TV commercial Saturday [05/12/07] from either Wyoming or Montana about the skilled workers that are needed in the state.

So go west young man.

 
At 5/14/2007 2:09 AM, Blogger Mangan said...

Maybe they need to pay more in Billings instead of importing foreign workers.

 
At 5/14/2007 7:00 AM, Anonymous Sudha Shenoy said...

Why should employers pay more when they can get more workers at the current wage? And why should those who buy the products pay more when they can get these outputs for less?

 
At 5/14/2007 10:59 AM, Blogger Mangan said...

Yes, let's have global labor arbitrage until everyone in America makes the same wage as they do in the Czech Republic, or India.

 
At 5/14/2007 12:27 PM, Anonymous Sudha Shenoy said...

Why should any worker in America get less than the Donald Trump? American labour arbitrage keeps wages down.

 
At 5/14/2007 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More accurately, lets have global labor arbitrage until everyone in the Czech Republic or India makes the same wage as we do in America.

 
At 5/19/2007 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have chatted with summer resort workers from Europe in Wyoming and Minnesota. They always have interesting stories. The first month or so of work covered the cost of their transportation. After that it was free and clear to them with no other expenses.

 

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