Williams County Job Service numbers released

WILLISTON, N.D. - The latest Job Service numbers for Williams County were released this week. Once again, the exact picture of the job market in the county is a little murky.

The Labor Force dropped around 300 people between July and August and September saw a slight up tick in initial unemployment claims. However, the unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percent.

There also continues to be more jobs available in the county than active resumes on file. Officials at Job Service Williston say out of 14 new companies offering jobs in September, 11 are oilfield-related companies.

They also say there continue to be many positions available for truck drivers, but they are starting to see more fracking jobs. Finally, they say more companies are hiring permanent positions and fewer rotational jobs. That means companies are looking for people to commit to the area for the long-haul.