Please do not come to Dickinson, North Dakota, at this time. Right now, and in the coming months, there will be many people let go from their jobs. There will be many more people looking for jobs, than job openings. The people that are already here will be competing against each other and fighting each other for the few job openings that will come up.
According to the “Dickinson Press” newspaper, and some oil field industry publications, there were approximately 280 oil well drill rigs in operation at the peak of the oil boom in North Dakota several years ago. A little over two months ago, the “Dickinson Press” newspaper had an article about two drilling companies parking approximately eighty drill rigs outside of Dickinson because they were not being operated. About one month ago, the “Dickinson Press” had an article that said the number of drill rigs operating in North Dakota had fallen to 97. Now, the number of drill rigs operating in North Dakota is about 80. The number of drill rigs operating in North Dakota went from 280, to 80 the present time.
According to oil industry publications, one drill rig that is operating, has about 100 direct and indirect jobs created when it is operating: site clearing operators, dump truck drivers, quarry operators, road construction operators, fence installers, equipment transport drivers, rig erection crew, site trailer haulers, trailer set up workers, electricians, tank battery haulers, water truck drivers, drill rig operators, work-over rig operators, drill rod deliverers, casing deliverers, fuel truck drivers, heavy equipment mechanics, welders, pump jack installers, oil tank installers, containment barrier installers, automation & control installers, etcetera. Because the number of drill rigs operating went from 280, to 80, 200 drill rigs x 100 jobs per drill rig, equals 20,000 jobs lost.
Some of the oil field workers who have recently lost their job have already left North Dakota and have gone home or gone elsewhere. The ones who left right away already knew what was going to happen. How do you expect to get another job in the oil field when there are 20,000 other people who are also losing their job at this time?
In Dickinson, every hotel, every restaurant, every grocery store, every retail store, every hardware store, every bank, will let a couple of employees go, because business has slowed down, and it will slow down even more. Car dealers and heavy equipment dealers will let sales people and mechanics go.
Though many out-of-state workers have recently left Dickinson, the RV parks, trailer parks, and apartments will not lower their prices for about a year, and housing prices will remain very high. The people who lost their job, who currently have housing leases with high rents, will be so desperately in need of money to make their rent payment, they will take any job they can get in Dickinson, and it will be an employer’s market, wages will go down.
Please do not come to Dickinson right now. There are going to be so many people out of work, so many people looking for work, and no job openings. Housing prices will continue to be very high. You will not want to be here. It is cold here for about seven months each year. There is not a lot to do for recreation and entertainment. The people are unfriendly, not hospitable, and not helpful. There is a shortage of women, and the women here have decided that they are going to be overweight, unattractive, and unfriendly. The police here are determined to cite and arrest out-of-state workers every chance they get in order to try to encourage them to leave.