The employment situation in North Dakota remains the envy of the rest of the country:
While most of the country is still mired in a troubled economy, North Dakota is riding an unprecedented boom that has jobs looking for people, rather than the other way around.
“If we go back to 2004 the state was producing 80,000 barrels of oil a day and we had 12 drilling rigs operating. In 2009 we jumped to 50 drilling rigs and our production was about 150,000 barrels a day. In 2010 we went to166 rigs and were producing 300,000 barrels a day. And today we’re at 200 rigs, producing almost 500,000 barrels a day and we’re going to permit 2,000 wells this year.”
Back in October we nicknamed efforts to address this boom Occupy North Dakota (more here.) I think it’s now safe to declare Occupy North Dakota as the most successful of all the “occupy” movements. But there is still a long way to go. Like most western states, North Dakota is mostly empty space. There is room for a lot more people, and apparently there are jobs waiting for them.