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People are still coming to western North Dakota looking for work, but it's not just for oil jobs anymore. Job Service North Dakota says more jobs are available in the service sector now. And that's changing what people are applying for.

The oil boom has been alive and kicking for more than three years now, and the job sector is starting to catch up.

"A year ago it was, 'I want an oil field job.' This year, it seems to be people are looking for truck driving jobs. Who knows what it will be next year," says Job Service North Dakota office manager Cindy Sanford.

In July 2011, 1,800 people came into Job Service North Dakota. In July 2012, 3,500 people inquired about their services. And this year, the number was 2,600.

"We posted 253 oil filed jobs in July, which is pretty consistent. Between 250-300 jobs a month that we will post," adds Sanford.

Sanford says in the early years of the boom, oil field jobs were peaking because companies were scrambling for help. Now that they're catching up, the service sector is rising.

"A lot of people are looking for restaurant, target logistics, or man camp type housekeeping type jobs in that area," Sanford says.

There has also been a 20 percent increase of women looking for jobs.

"Right now I'm applying to be a cook, to feed the general population," says job seeker Carol Chase.

No matter what kind of job you're looking for, it will take anywhere from two to three weeks before you're hire after you apply.

"They have to pass a drug test and background checks," says Sanford.

The Job Service North Dakota office in Williston serves Divide, Williams and McKenzie counties, as well as parts of eastern Montana.


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