Go West, Young Man (To North Dakota)
Are you unemployed
and out of options? Well, if you live in most areas of the country
there is not much hope for you. But there is one state where hiring
is really hot right now. If you are desperate for a job, you just
might want to check out North Dakota. Way back in the middle of
the 19th centurty, author Horace Greeley gave young Americans the
following advice: "Go West, young man, go West". Well,
we have reached another moment in U.S. history when it may be wise
for many Americans to pick up and move to another part of the country
in search of opportunity. Of course traveling to North Dakota is
not "going west" for all Americans, but for the majority of the
population it is. In the 19th century, many Americans traveled west
because they believed those that told them that there was "gold
in them thar hills", but today a different kind of "gold" is being
found in North Dakota. The state is currently enjoying a boom of
"black gold", and all of that oil is creating a huge number of jobs.
If you are unemployed and you are desperate, you might want to check
out North Dakota. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
As I write
about so frequently, unemployment
is an absolute nightmare in most areas of the country right now.
But in North Dakota there are plenty of jobs and they pay really
well. Just check out what a new CNN article is saying about what
is going on in the state....
it or not, a place exists where companies are hiring like crazy,
and you can make $15 an hour serving tacos, $25 an hour waiting
tables and $80,000 a year driving trucks.
have to move to North Dakota. Specifically, to one of the tiny
towns surrounding the oil-rich Bakken formation, estimated to
hold anywhere between 4 billion and 24 billion barrels of oil.
CNBC also recently
ran an article about the jobs boom up in North Dakota. According
to CNBC, there are "help wanted" signs all over the place in
little towns such as Williston....
is a national problem in the U.S., but you wouldn't know that
if you travel through North Dakota.
unemployment rate hovers around 3 percent, and "Help Wanted" signs
litter the landscape of cities such as Williston in the same way
"For Sale" signs populate the streets of Las Vegas.
a zoo," said Terry Ayers, who drove into town from Spokane, Wash.,
slept in his truck, and found a job within hours of arrival, tripling
his salary. "It's crazy what's going on out here."
If you are
desperate for work and you are looking for a "reboot", North Dakota
may be an option for you. According
to CNN, there are a significant number of families that have
already changed their lives by heading out to North Dakota....
now works as a nanny in exchange for housing. Her husband, who
worked on behavior management programs for a school system in
North Carolina where he took home about $1,600 a month, found
a job working in the oilfields where he makes that same amount
of money in one week -- adding up to an annual salary of about
to be debt-free, so we came here to play catch-up," said McMullen.
"But when I came here, I thought I was on Mars. It's just so crazy
that the rest of the country has no jobs, and here's this one
place that doesn't have enough people to fill all the jobs."
So is North
Dakota for everyone?
Of course not.
First of all,
it gets bone-chilling cold in North Dakota in the winter.
If you cannot
handle really cold weather then you should not go up there.
is not nearly enough housing in the boom towns and the housing that
is available is really expensive.
So you may
either have to commute a long way or deal with accommodations that
are less than stellar.
is very flat, the geography is not very pleasant, there is not much
to do there, the "boom towns" are very far from major population
centers and moving there would entail major sacrifices for most
But there are
good jobs up there.
So if you are
looking for some good news, you just got some.
Look, it is
better to try to do something than to sit around waiting for Barack
Obama to save you. As I have written about previously, the Obama
jobs plan is a bad joke and even if it got through Congress
it would do very little to create jobs.
The truth is
that Barack Obama simply does not know what he is doing when it
comes to jobs. He continues to push for even more job-killing "free
trade" agreements that will result in millions more American jobs
continues to run around the country talking about "infrastructure
jobs", but according
to ABC News, thousands upon thousands of those jobs are actually
going to Chinese workers....
York there is a $400 million renovation project on the Alexander
there is a $7.2 billion project to rebuild the Bay Bridge connecting
San Francisco and Oakland.
there is a proposal for a $190 million bridge project.
projects sound like steps in the right direction, but much of
the work is going to Chinese government-owned firms.
The sad truth
is that the
U.S. economy continues to slide even further down the tubes
and the vast majority of our politicians have no idea how to fix
Obama first took office, the official U.S. unemployment rate was
7.6 percent. Today it is 9.1 percent.
There are less
jobs in the United States today than there were a decade ago, and
the number of good paying jobs continues
In 1980, 52
percent of all jobs in the United States were middle income jobs.
Today, only 42
percent of all jobs are middle income jobs.
So don't sit
around waiting for the economy to fix itself. There is no reason
to have blind faith in the system at this point.
We live during
unconventional times, and many of us are going to have to find unconventional
solutions to our problems.
There are lots
of good jobs in the western part of North Dakota.
If you need
a job, you might want to look into it.
with permission from the Economic
© 2011 Economic