Over the past year, North Dakota has seen nearly a 20 percent drop in job openings.

According to Job Service North Dakota, the total number of job openings in October was 13,551. This number is down 18.8 percent from where it was one year ago at this time. Out of 53 counties in the state, 39 have reported year-after-year decreases in job openings.

The Bismarck Tribune recently reported that Burleigh County lost the most over that period, followed by Grand Forks and Cass counties. The fact that Burleigh County lost the most could be due to a recent correlation to population increase, while demand has remained steady. There's currently no other explanation given as to why job openings have gone down, aside from a slow-down in the economy.