North Dakota poised for another hiring blitz

HOUSTON —  The Bakken Shale is driving another hiring surge in North Dakota, with one oil field services company planning to hire 300 new workers by the spring, according to the Bismark Tribune.

Power Fuels, a subsidiary of major Bakken services company Nuverra Environmental Solutions, recently released a call for 300 new employees, the newspaper reported. And at least one local job search firm is bracing for a jump in openings.

Employees are needed in various fields, from truck drivers to human resources to gas plant workers, the report noted, though the biggest needs are for well operators and wellhead pumpers.

“We’re starting to get a lot of job orders,” Cindy Sanford, Job Service’s Williston, N.D. customer service manager, told the Bismark Tribune. “Come January we’re really going to get hit.”

Federal data: 2013 oil boom is the biggest ever

The Bakken Shale has fueled rapid population growth in North Dakota, which had the highest population growth rate of any state during the year ending July 2013 , according to new federal estimates released Monday. A net 22,048 people moved to the North Dakota during that period, creating a 3.1 percent jump in the state’s population.

The state’s crude oil production has grown 26 percent over the past year, to nearly 1 million barrels per day.

North Dakota wasn’t the only state that experienced an oil-fueled population surge this year. More residents moved to Texas than to any other state in the country this year. The Lone Star State’s population grew by more than 387,397 people in 2013, up 1.5 percent.


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