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Oilfield wages push Williston ahead of Beulah/Hazen

12/17/09 (Thu)

The booming oil patch has drawn many high wage jobs to North Dakota. The demand for oilfield workers has pushed wages in Williston up by more than $7,000 from 2007 to 2008, knocking the Beulah/Hazen area off of its perch as the place with the highest average wages in North Dakota.

Still, second place isn’t a bad place to be, said Steffanie Boeckel, Executive Director of the Beulah Chamber of Commerce. Williston’s growth is due to the incredible amount of activity in the oil industry in North Dakota. Its ascendence to the top spot isn’t due to any sort of decline in this region’s economy.