Latest Williston Job Service numbers released

WILLISTON, N.D. - The latest numbers from Job Service Williston were recently released.

The unemployment rate rose 0.2 percent in November, but Job Service officials say that's mostly due to seasonal layoffs.

The latest five-year average of rental vacancy rates spiked three percent, and the five-year average of population below the poverty line jumped two percent.

Williams County is also getting younger. The five-year average saw the median age drop two years to 32.5 years old.

The need to be up on the latest oilfield technology is also driving education rates higher in the county.

"If you look at these new drilling rigs, they're like the Transformers. They actually get up and they walk. They find that people who have more technology, they're used to it," says Cindy Sanford, Job Service Williston.

Sanford says there are almost the same number of oilfield jobs on file as there were at this time in 2015, and they are expecting a big second quarter this year.