January sees increase in job openings in Williston

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WILLISTON, N.D. - Mild winter weather in the Bakken has created an unusual uptick in January's jobs report.

Williston's Job Service saw 1,185 openings for the month of January.

Construction and extraction work rose 40 percent over the month while CDL transportation careers remain number one with a 20 percent increase.

Paula Hickel with JobsND says out-of-state workers continue to move to the area as the average wage remains strong at $27 an hour.

"Maybe they (employers) have done some layoffs thinking that it would be a normal season of when you might be able to work or not work, but it's been more mild than expected in this part of North Dakota in particular. If you can do the work and the temperatures and the weather allows for it to get those people hired on and so we don't see a huge drop in people leaving necessarily, that's not the issue, there's just more work than usually this time of year," said Hickel.

Hickel says fishing, farming and forestry always sees the greatest spike in openings as spring planting prepares to get underway.