The Oil Boom was over in Dickinson, North Dakota by 2015. About 80% of the out of state oil field workers left North Dakota in 2014 and 2015. As I have already explained, and other reporters and researchers have explained, about 80% of the out of state oil field workers made up their minds soon after arriving in North Dakota, that they would never be able to live in North Dakota permanently due to the high cost of housing. During the Oil Boom, an old one bedroom apartment rented for $1,500 per month, if you could even find one, and an old 3 bedroom/2 bathroom small house rented for $3,000 per month, if you could even find one.
As the out of state oil field workers began to leave North Dakota, the local land owners, the local business owners, property investors, property managers, real estate agents, and oil industry business people all kept telling everyone, “It will come back, everything will pick back up again.” I hate being lied to. And what I hate even more than being lied to, is someone trying to perpetuate a fraud and take advantage. The Oil Boom is not coming back to North Dakota for another ten to twenty years, if at all. The property owners, business owners, property investors, property managers, and real estate agents wanted to try to keep as many people here as possible, and try to get more people to move here, by lying to them.
I don’t want to see ordinary working people lose everything that they own, pawn everything that they own to pay for food and rent, and go bankrupt, because they relocated to Dickinson, North Dakota thinking that there were many high paying jobs here. There are not many job openings in Dickinson, North Dakota at this time, and there are very few high paying jobs.
Back in 2011 to 2014, I would look at the North Dakota Job Services website to look at job listings in Dickinson, North Dakota. At that time, there would be about twenty-five to forty-five new job listings each week. At that time, there would typically be several new job openings each week for: laborer, concrete worker, carpenter, electrician, plumber, equipment operator, roustabout, diesel mechanic, floor hand, utility locator, underground utility worker, truck driver, lease operator, survey crew worker, truck driver.
Now, in March of 2017, looking at the North Dakota Job Services website, there are less than twenty new job listings posted each week in Dickinson, North Dakota. Of these less than twenty new job listings posted each week, about six or more of them are for nurses and doctors. (Nurses and doctors don’t want to be in Dickinson for many different reasons.) Of the fourteen or so other new job listings posted each week, about five of them are the recurring “nightmare jobs” from the “nightmare companies” in Dickinson. To put it bluntly, the company owners and managers are so backwards, ignorant, and assinine, that someone quits these recurring “nightmare jobs” every week or two, and these jobs get re-posted.
Of the nine or so O.K. new job listings that are posted each week on the North Dakota Job Services website for Dickinson, North Dakota, an electrician job may pay O.K., a diesel mechanic job may still pay O.K., but there will not be many high paying jobs listed, or jobs where you work much overtime.
Please do not come to Dickinson, North Dakota unless you have a good job offer and have done some checking about the company you will be working for. By checking about the company, I mean go and look on the internet to see how many times they have advertised this job and re-advertised this job repeatedly. This indicates that people can not stand working for this company, and you won’t be able to either. If the job that brought you to Dickinson doesn’t work out, there are very few other job openings at this time.