North Platte wage, labor study conducted by Center for Rural Research and Development

Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of News and Internal Communications, 308-865-8454,

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Center for Rural Research and Development is conducting a wage and labor study for the North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corp.

The project is intended to help economic development officials with recruitment, retention and expansion of businesses and jobs in the nine-county North Platte area.

Surveys were sent to more than 8,000 households and 470 businesses to help provide data for the study, said Shawn Kaskie, director for UNK’s Center for Rural Research and Development.

Participation is very important for the success of the project, said Kaskie, because the information will help community leaders determine the variety of job opportunities, wages and benefits offered by companies in the region. He noted that all information collected is kept confidential.

“The combined results will be reported back to us and used to evaluate the best ways to keep and attract more jobs in the area,” said Kaskie. “North Platte is trying to be more competitive and efficient. This will help provide numbers that industries want to see when evaluating labor pools.”

To complete the wage and benefits survey, employers should visit The deadline is July 31. Households receiving surveys should mail in their forms using the postage paid envelope provided.

For more information or employer codes, contact Kaskie at 308-865-8135.