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North Dakota: Where The Jobs Are

Psst!
Wanna job? There’s a place in the United States that actually can’t get
enough people to hire.

The catch? You have to live in North Dakota … kidding! Actually its
a bit worse: you have to live in camps in North Dakota ;)

Perhaps the state didn’t get the memo that we’re in the middle of the
Great Recession, or that the country is neck-deep in unemployment, but
thanks to its oil fields, North Dakota is flush with cash and booming
with jobs.

School-bus driver Barb Russell heard good money could be made in
the oil fields of North Dakota, so she packed a bag, locked her Farmington,
Minn., home and headed west last month. She tripled her income.

She rose every morning at 3 o’clock in September to bus Halliburton
workers to drilling rigs in a place where trucks roar nonstop and everybody
who wants a job has one.

Finding somewhere to lay your head is another matter. Russell,
60, lives in one of many dormitory-style "man camps" that
help house an influx of an estimated 35,000 workers.

"I wish ‘em the best on getting housing for everybody, especially
with winter coming," said Russell, who in her pink cap stands out
among the men. "I’d hate to see people sleeping in their cars."

There’s no other place like it in America.

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October 26th, 2011

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Stranger to the World

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