Latest Williston job numbers

WILLISTON, N.D. - Employers in need of workers are willing to pay a lot more this time of year, even though our area is going through a winter slump when it comes to the number of job openings.

The average wage for job openings in Williston and the surrounding area has increased to $30 per hour, according to Job Service North Dakota.

"We do hear people come in here and say, 'yeah, I heard that so I want to get paid that.' It's really about those skills, and the job openings are saying we need people with these skills, and this experience, and we will pay this premium price," said Paula Hickel, the Workforce Center Manager.

CDL drivers are now the number one need, and the biggest increase of the month was by 209 percent in farming and agriculture. In the winter, they may require equipment operation or farm laborers.

"Sometimes it's just turnover, you know, if people do leave that were on board, because this is their first North Dakota winter, they may have left and now they need new people," Hickel said.

Job Service North Dakota will be holding a Northwest North Dakota Semi-Annual Job Fair on March 27th in Watford City, and the employer registration deadline is on March 13th.