posted on Oct, 30 2013 @ 11:52 PM
I live in upstate NY as of now. The restaurant I have worked at for almost 20 years is closing, and its pretty much the only thing that has kept me
There was a story on Drudge today about ND's low unemployment rate. That caught my eye as jobs here in NY are hard to come by.
So, i would love to hear any advice from those in the know. Where is it hopping? Where is the best place to live? Any inside knowledge or advice would
I had a long conversation last Friday with a guy who just got back to Texas after working in North Dakota for Haliburton. As stated by others, the
money is great, but housing is in very short supply, and it is very cold (which is the reason he decided to return to Texas and work the oil/gas booms
in three areas that are currenly operational here, although they not expected to last more than a couple of years. The North Dakota fields have an
estimated life of 20-25 years, and the potential in that state is greater than all of the oil in Saudia Arabia....which is great for the U.S. and
maybe we can wean off that foreign oil dependence soon!
He lived in one of the mancamps supplied by the company, but definitely told me that if anyone is heading that way, and they don't already have
housing, they need to bring their own such as a trailer, motor home, etc. Housing that used to be in the $500 range for apartments is now $1500-$2000
per month, which although not expensive for oil field workers, those rates have hit some of the locals hard. And that literally if a person was able
to do so, they could drive almost any decent size motor home up here, and rent it out for around $2000 a month, (and fly back home), and people would
be lining up to rent it.
Apartments and hotels are being built as fast as possible but still not enough to meet the demand, and the cost of construction labor is easily
$25-$30 an hour or more.
He also confirmed that at places like Walmart and McDonalds starting salaries are between $14.50 -$16 per hour and they can't seem to hire enough
people or keep employees long term. At Walmart he told me that they hardly ever stock the shelves because everything sells out quickly from the
pallets in the store aisles. And anyone with nearly every type of business there does booming sales all year round. Being from Texas originally, he
found it interesting that when you walk into nearly any restaurant or retail store, and they don't recognize you as a regular, the first thing they
ask you or say to you is do you need a job? And if the answer is yes, you hired almost immediately.
One excellent and accurate
article and video I located is here:
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