The oil boom has been good to North Dakota workers.

With almost 3 job openings for every unemployed worker, North Dakota has retained the lowest unemployment rate in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics September report.  North Dakota landed at the top of the list with an unemployment rate of 2.8%, while Georgia held the bottom slot with 7.9% unemployment.

North Dakota has held the lowest unemployment rate of all states since Dec. 2008, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Other oil patch states generally fell in the top half. Texas was No. 16 with 5.2%, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming shared the 12th spot with 4.7%, and Pennsylvania came in at No. 20 with 5.7%.

According to a Washington Post story in September, “while the oil boom in North Dakota, home to the third-smallest population, has helped it earn a spot atop a number of economic rankings, it also is No. 1 on a variety of social, public affairs and environmental measures, according to Gallup.”

“The state’s residents feel more respected and feel their children are treated with more dignity and respect than those in any other state, according to Gallup. They’re also most satisfied with their air quality, educational systems and state courts. And, of course, they are most satisfied with their ability to buy housing, food, start a business and more.”

North Dakota ranked fifth for best quality of life, according to an OECD study reported in the USA Today:

  • Employment rate: 81.8% (the highest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $31,844 (12th highest)
  • Homicide rate: 2.99 per 100,000 people (18th lowest)

“In addition to benefiting from an economic boom, North Dakota residents are relatively well educated. More than 91% of the state’s labor force had completed at least secondary school last year, among the highest rates in the country,” the USA Today report said.

North Dakota ranked No. 1 for state personal income growth, with an income growth rate of 2.7% for 2Q 2014, according to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis.

An online job search returned the following open position in North Dakota:

Position: Roustabout Manager

Location: Williston, ND

Industry: Oil and Gas

Company: Renegade Rentals, LLC.

Type: Full-Time/Salaried

Salary: $200,000

Benefits: Company Offers Matching 401k, Health Insurance, Vision, Dental, Company Housing, and Company Vehicle

Job Requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Prior experience in managerial capacity
  • Local candidate preferred or willingness to relocate/commute
  • Basic knowledge of computers, typing, scanning, etc.
  • Able to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to prioritize tasks and adapt to changing situations
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends as required
  • Oil field experience a plus

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