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Out Of Work? Go to North Dakota! There's a Hiring BOOM! Even McDonald's pays $15 an hour!


By Brian A. Shactman, CNBC.com
CNBC on MSN Money
Unemployed? Go to North Dakota


Workers are being hired so quickly that there is also a booming business in housing them. And wages are so high that even McDonald's pays $15 an hour.

Unemployment is a national problem in the United States, but you wouldn't know that if you traveled through North Dakota.

Suddenly, people are moving to the Peace Garden State, where an oil boom has immunized residents from the most severe recession in decades. Wages are up, and work is plentiful.

The state's unemployment rate recently hovered a little above 3%, and "Help Wanted" signs litter the landscape of cities such as Williston in the way "For Sale" signs populate the streets of Las Vegas.

"It's a zoo," said Terry Ayers, who came to town from Spokane, Wash., slept in his truck and found a job within hours of arrival, tripling his salary. "It's crazy what's going on out here."

Billions of dollars are coming into the state and thousands of people are following -- all because millions of barrels of oil are flowing out.
The result: An old-fashioned oil boom.
There's little available housing in parts of North Dakota, so newcomers sleep in truck stops and parking lots of Wal-Mart stores. Developers are building hundreds of houses and thousands of apartment units.

The McDonald's in Williston is one of the busiest in the country, and it needs to pay $15 an hour just to attract employees.

And then there are the trucks -- thousands of them -- on the state's roads. One left turn in Williston gets so backed up with truck traffic that it can take hours to get through the intersection.
Managing growth

"If you're not making money now, there's a major problem," said Williston Mayor Ward Koeser, who is overwhelmed with managing the city's growth. Among the problems Koeser is grappling with are sewage treatment, building permits and an exponential increase in traffic violations.


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Hotels *can* be up to like

Hotels *can* be up to like $6k/month.
Housig (if available) is running upwards of $3k/mo for a rental is what I have been told by a friendof mine who worked there until he quit reently.


What is the cost of living there?

North Dakota ain't no paradise, y'all

"Hop the freight car an' ride" to paradise" just like the great depression, eh? Sheaaaaattt! North Dakota ain't no paradise, y'all.

Tornados, floods, frikkin' cold damp winters, recurring dust bowl -- and just what happens when yer serving up Big Macs at the McDonalds and the locals from Green Acres mosey on in?

"Where dem babyback ribs at, bwa? Ain'cha got no lite beer in this joint? Who th' f***'s this grinnin' guy in th' yellow prison git-up?"

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Listen to Lindsey

Not saying Lindsey is a prophet...but the connect is very interesting...
Almost a year ago Lindsey was discussing the oil fields in Dakotas and Montana...
according to his "sources", the middle east will be double-crossed (unrest and revolution) - our T-bills will be dumped - oil prices will soar and then the elite will open the oil fields in the US which they have known about for years...
Supposedly the oil in the Dakota's is light sweet crude..very cheaply produced on our own soil.
However, they won't sell it cheap - they will want $200.00 a barrel.
Also claims enormous untapped oil (2 trillion)under the Rocky Mountains (Stansbury Report)
Claims they will also reopen Gull Island in Alaska.


The highest-paying positions

The highest-paying positions are with oil companies like Halliburton, Continental Resources, Hess and Whiting Petroleum, where the average annual worker salary hovers around $100,000. Little or no experience is required, and even a college degree isn’t necessary, in some cases. The working hours are severe, though.


For a young Ron Paul supporter who is adventurous and needs to find a job.. this could just work out ..even if for a short period of time!

The point of the thread is to show those who may be out of work

(and out of options)That there is a place where the jobs are pretty plentiful! Many of the oil jobs are starting at 140,000 a year!

If even a couple dozen RP supporters found out about this, it might help them.

While the banking issue may or may not contribute to the growth, I think it is the oil discovery that is the #1 reason why there are so many jobs there. Nationally unemployment is around 9%(some say 20%) IN ND its around 3%!

Here is a bit more on the vastness of the oil discoveries in ND

Understaffed and overwhelmed,

government oilfield inspectors are
struggling to provide adequate oversight amid an explosion of activity in ND's oil patch, several officials told the Associated Press.
Hundreds of oilfield spills and thousands of waste disposal sites are being untended or infrequently monitored because of a lack of personnel and funding, the officials said. And the staffing limitations come at a time when the industry – and a popular former governor (and well known Kochhead) have pushed for a cut in state oil field taxes that help fund such monitoring programs. "It's a fire drill every day," L. Helms, director of the state Department of Mineral Resources, said in an interview with the AP. "We need more properly trained enforcement people helping the industry stay on track." [Sounds like a lovely place to live and work. End sarcasm.]

The median price of a home in ND is $211,500. Recently, homes in ND have been appreciating at rates well above the national average. As a result, income levels in many parts of ND are too low to purchase a median-priced home with a conventional loan. Although average interest rates in ND are below the national average, ND has one of the lowest levels of home affordability in the nation. [Bankruptcy, anyone? End sarcasm.] ND also offers several unconventional loans designed to aid homebuyers with the costs of their monthly mortgage payment. For example, ND's Interest Only PLUS loan provides qualified homebuyers
with a 100% financing 35-year loan that only requires payments toward the accrued interest on the mortgage for the first five years of the loan - borrowers do not have to pay toward the principal amount borrowed until after the first five years. [Sounds like usury at its finest. End sarcasm.]
Last Updated: Thursday, October 06, 2011

[Note: YOU might be a Kochhead, too. End sarcasm.]

besides the info... what is the point of your post?

Im assuming its sarcasm?? If so, why?

bumppp :)

bumppp :)

I live in ND...

It is NOT a state-owned bank. My gosh... how can Ron Paul supporters think that a state-owned industry is driving economic growth?

Citizens don't go there and make deposits. They don't have checking accounts there. The bank keeps the state's deposits and then gives loans to politically-favored industries.

It's pure communism and breeds corruption.

Our economy is on fire right now because there are literally billions of barrels of oil underneath ND and ag prices are high and have been high for a few years now.

Not only the oil but we

Not only the oil but we produce a lot of food which is always in demand and our banks were more conservative in lending during the pre-2008 bubble.

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My apologies - I stand

My apologies - I stand corrected. ANd your point is extremely well taken.

Cos Cob, CT


It IS a state-owned bank... but it's not good for the state to own one.

I typed it wrong.

Can we please be careful with

Can we please be careful with the 'assumption' that individual posters here at the DailyPaul speak for all 'Ron Paul supporters'....

Anyone can join this site for free and post.

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Don't be misled. The REAL

Don't be misled. The REAL reason why N Dakota is booming? They have thier OWN BANK! It was a brilliant idea, bringing them outside the control of even the Federal Reserve, for the most part. EVERY state should follow this lead (I passed this along to my State Rep. here in CT when I stumbled on it a few weeks ago.)


Cos Cob, CT

No way...

You're not even close. All the bank does is keep the state's deposits and makes loans to politically-favored industries.

That's it.

I live in ND and know what's going on. It's ALL oil and ag.

Billy Jack's picture

Don't be misled. The REAL

Don't be misled. The REAL reason why N Dakota is booming? They have thier OWN BANK! It was a brilliant idea, bringing them outside the control of even the Federal Reserve, for the most part. EVERY state should follow this lead (I passed this along to my State Rep. here in CT when I stumbled on it a few weeks ago.)


Cos Cob, CT

north dakota is

the only state to have their own central bank. It works. It is a testament to what will happen when the Fed is back in our control.

"I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove."


I live in ND. You're wrong. They don't get around the fed. The bank isn't making loans to individuals. We don't get checking accounts there.


never said anything about checking accounts. I'm just saying, there is potential for a government run creditor that creates money for the states (w/o interest) and ONLY loans (with interest) to other countries when congress approves it. Especially if there were competing currencies that would motivate for proper management of inflation.

"I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove."

We don't need government

We don't need government control of the Fed, we need to get rid of it. The Bank of North Dakota, unlike the Fed, cannot issue its own currency and inflate the money supply.

mods can you embed??

This video may inspire those who are out of work to find some!

(imagine if say 1000 Ron Paul supporters went there for work, and each donated 2500 each?? THAT WOULD BE 2.5 MILLION TO THE CAMPAIGN!! not including other money donated to the SuperPAC or other projects!!)