A county in Michigan is advertising $15,000 payouts to STEM graduates who decide to live in its rural expanses.
And the state of Vermont recently approved a fund to pay $10,000 to employees who relocate there.
This is America’s bidding war for workers, an emerging feature of the increasingly tight labor market from the Midwest to the Northeast. Creative twists on recruitment are popping up as the nation’s unemployment rate keeps sinking. The figure hit an 18-year low of 3.8 percent in May.
Megan McGown, vice president of economic development and marketing at the North Platte Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Corporation, said her Nebraska city — population roughly 24,000 — needs people to work in factories, warehouses, medical centers and the railroad. About 500 jobs sit open.
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