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Fracking jobs show signs of life in Bakken

Jun 26, 2016 at 07:44 PM CST

WILLISTON – Some oilfield companies that laid off workers in the Bakken are now hiring again, particularly for jobs related to hydraulic fracturing.

The Williston office of Job Service North Dakota is seeing job orders for fracking crews and other openings related to well completion, such as workover rigs and trucking, said manager Cindy Sanford.

“We are starting to see a definite increase,” Sanford said. “It’s not as crazy as it was before, but we’re starting to see some activity.”

In some cases, companies are calling workers who had been let go due to low oil prices and asking them to come back to work, Sanford said.

Halliburton, which had laid off workers in the Bakken and elsewhere, is hosting a job fair next week at its Williston offices.

JMAC Resources of Williston also is among the companies recruiting oilfield workers, with job openings including heavy equipment operators, commercial drivers and diesel mechanics. Workers related to pipeline construction also are in demand, Sanford said.