According to a North Dakota newspaper, The Grand Forks Herald, oil companies are hiring in the Bakken, and more jobs are expected to open up next year.
Six oil companies are looking for workers to man fracking crews in the new year, according to the Dec. 30, 2016, report. The companies are looking to hire 45 to 65 workers per crew. Conservatively, that could mean 300 jobs working primarily service rigs which complete wells, rather than drilling rigs. As of that date almost 500 jobs posted with the North Dakota Job Service mentioned oil.
The price of oil is almost 50 percent higher than a year ago, at $53.83. While double the ten year low, the price is still down from the all-time high, $136.29.
Oil companies began laying off workers in June 2014.
The report said that companies are looking for workers who have more skills than the crews hired when the oil boom began in the early 2010s.

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