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Job-Seekers Look for Work in the West

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If there's something learned from the oil boom, it's that people will move across the country for a chance at steady, high-paying jobs.

The jobs are here, and so are the people looking for work.

"We do have a lot of people that jump in their car and come which sometimes we get lucky, sometimes they're searching for awhile, we get to know them pretty well at that point." says Mary Urlacher, Customer Service Office Manager.

"Kind of last resort right now, kind of up here until I get a job..." says Joe Schrader, Wyoming job-seeker.

Joe Schrader has been looking for work in the oilfield for two weeks.

"Mostly oilfield, got roustabout experience..." says Schrader.

He's applied to 15 to 20 places so far, on the job hunt with the benefits of the boom in sight.

"The money outdoors..."

He's here from Wyoming, but job-seekers from all states have been parked here at one point or another.

"Sometimes when we go out on break or go out for lunch we'll notice there's a vehicle from Alaska, Hawaii, West Virginia, where they're coming from and then getting to know them and what brings them here." says Urlacher.

With an unemployment rate of 1.6 percent, you think it would be easy to find a job in Stark County, but with lots of workers coming in from all over the country you have to stay competitive in the job search.

"We offer suggestions for what jobs would suit them, match their skills..." says Urlacher.

You can access job service postings anywhere online, and experts suggest you plan ahead before moving here, but the Job Service office in Dickinson can point you in the right direction, looking at all jobs for hire.

"We look at retail, fast food, lodging, transportation, whether it's oilfield or construction and needing those types of positions."

"They're really good one on one, really helped, really know their stuff." says Joe Schrader.

The Job Service office in Dickinson holds around five job fairs a month.

That's where companies use the building to sometimes hire people on the spot.

For an update on the next one, you can now follow Job Service on twitter, or check out their website.


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