As the pandemic subsides, the number of job openings is soaring. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said new job openings rose to an unprecedented 9.3 million in April. That’s good news for job seekers. Not so much for small businesses and other employers who are having a hard time finding qualified workers. At the same time, Native Americans typically face higher unemployment conditions than the population as a whole. The Minneapolis Federal Reserve is putting what they say is good data and research toward helping policy makers and elected leaders make informed decisions for Native employees and employers both.
Donna Feir – research fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for the Center of Indian Country development and an associate professor of economics at University of Victoria
Les Thomas (enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) – vice president for the North Dakota Native Tourism Association
Sean McCabe (Navajo) – managing member of McCabe Consulting Group
Break 1 Music: Red Man Groove Thing (song) Anthony Wakeman (artist) Handprints of Our People (album)
Break 2 music: Intertribal (song) Cree Confederation (artist) Pakosiyimitan (album)