Williston's October Job Service numbers show little change

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WILLISTON, N.D. - Job Service North Dakota has released job numbers for October, showing not much of a change from September.

There's still a great need for workers in our region.

"Even though our job openings stayed about the same from last month, some of the categories went down a little bit, but CDL continues to be what we really, really need," said Paula Hickel, Williston Workforce Center manager.

Hickel says it can be difficult to get people in oilfield positions because of barriers like drug offenses or a poor driving record.

"Your driving record is so important. Those speeding tickets don't seem like much, but if you decide to get your CDL or even without a CDL, just to be able to drive a company truck, the insurance companies are really pretty strict in what they'll insure or not," said Hickel.

Hickel says in non-oilfield jobs, there was some leveling out in the medical arena, so though there's still dire need for medical professionals, the numbers didn't increase last month.