Job Service Williston releases latest numbers

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WILLISTON N.D. - The latest numbers from Job Service Williston were published Wednesday.

The utility industry has overtaken mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction in providing the highest average weekly wage as of the second quarter of this year.

Job Service Williston also reports the highest number of job openings on file since October of 2015.

Initial Claims in unemployment jumped up from 128 to 172 in October. But Job Service Williston says that's to be expected with many construction projects coming to a close.

The 2015 per capita income estimates show a drop of about 20 thousand dollars from 2014 to 2015. However, Officials believe that drop can be deceiving..

"Overtime is definitely an issue. That's where a lot of the income was cut, because we went from working 40, 60, 80, 100 hours to now 40 to 60. That's where a lot of the money was made, in that overtime hours," said Cindy Sanford, Job Service Williston.

Sanford says the area is seeing stable, steady growth as opposed to the roller coaster that has been the last few years.