Hello everyone. Thank you for reading my blog. I have not added any posts to this blog in August or September because I was busy. In June I went back to the state where my home is, to pick up a trailer full of equipment, so that I could come back to Dickinson and do some self-employment work, because my job in Dickinson was so slow. I got some self-employment work in August, then my regular job was busy in September. I have been lucky.
I look at the North Dakota Job Service website every week, and there are only about five oil-field/construction jobs posted each week for Dickinson. There are some nursing and physician jobs posted, but there always are, because many healthcare professionals don’t want to live in Dickinson because housing is so expensive. In October of 2014, there were about twelve oil-field/construction jobs posted each week, this was just before the price of oil went down.
My estimate is, that about forty percent of the out-of-state workers have left Dickinson in the past eight months. Traffic is much lighter, restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations are much less busy. I made a nasty comment in one of my last posts, saying that only the idiots were still coming to Dickinson, the people that don’t read or watch TV news. I get the impression that even the idiots have quit coming to Dickinson now.
Supposedly, all of the companies have let go of their idiots and near-do-wells, and have retained the best employees. This appears to be the case, there are not that many white-trash in Dickinson compared to last year. People are friendlier in Dickinson now. The ratio of men to women is still probably 3:1.
Real estate people/property managers are trying their best to keep property/rent prices high. I believe that property/rent prices will drop 20% in the next twelve months.
I advise people to not come to Dickinson at this time.