The BLS just released the Regional and State Employment and Unemployment figures for May 2015, and the figures are looking pretty ugly for North Dakota. North Dakota had the second-worst job losses of any state in the country, losing 5,500 jobs last month. This is especially bad considering that North Dakota has such a small population to begin with. This amounts to a loss of 1.1% of the state’s jobs in a single month. The number of jobs created in the last 12 months in North Dakota currently stands at just +3,500, a middling figure when compared to the roughly 20,000 jobs the state has been creating each year since 2010.
A friend of mine went home on rotation two weeks ago and came back with stories of gas that was $1.69 at the pump. This was in Missouri I think. We have been brainwashed into believing that low gas prices mean that jobs are at risk and wouldn’t you rather pay more at the pump (like three times more) to insure that a segment of this country stays employed? Those running the big fat oil companies (still collecting record breaking salaries and bonuses by the way) sit back and laugh as we fight amongst ourselves. [Read more…] about Enjoying Low Fuel Prices Should Not be a Guilty Pleasure
Feast or Famine. That’s the way I have seen our economy behave more or less since I’ve been a bill paying, responsible adult. Things have swung wildly for people and often through no fault of their own. So many people have come here to get out of that famine cycle and find a comfortable life again. [Read more…] about Bakken Bust or Personal Boom?
For the purposes of this post, I’m going to go Bakken wide here and not just pick on Williston. After being here for a few years I have come to accept that this area will never be what I want for food. [Read more…] about Top Five Eats in Williston and Beyond
I’m going to preface all this nonsense by saying that I am not a perfect person. I don’t claim blogging to be some noble cause but it did help me to manage a particularly stressful time in my life. I also know for a FACT (since I know you like those) that it has helped others. [Read more…] about Setting the Record Straight
Although it seems to be what everyone is talking about, the elections on June 10th will decide more than just the Mayor’s seat. The school board seats and the Parks and Recreation are also two areas that deserve your time and consideration. [Read more…] about June 10th Elections: Why the Parks and Rec Board Candidates Deserve Your Attention