After a big downturn over the last few years, oil prices have improved slightly in recent months. Prices are now high enough that oil companies are expanding their operations here in the U.S. But a shortage of workers has meant companies are not getting as much oil out of the ground as they want.
“You’ll see close to 200 frack crew jobs listed for North Dakota,” said North Dakota Mineral Resources Director, Lynn Helms, at a press conference last month. “The rigs are outrunning the frack crews.”
Companies are rushing to get the oil out of the ground faster than they can fill the jobs. Cindy Sanford with Job Service North Dakota said there are about as many job openings in the Bakken oilfield now as there were during the real boom times of five or so years ago. She said the big difference now is that employers are requiring a broader set of skills from workers.
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