From the Twin Cities Star Tribune:
"Right now you are probably asking yourself: "What would it be like to
live in a place with an unemployment rate of 1 percent?" Me, too! So I
went to Williston, N.D., to find out.
There are certain things that journalists do as a public service
because you, the noble reader, are probably not going to do them for
yourself -- like attending charter revision meetings or reading the
autobiography of Tim Pawlenty. Going to Williston is sort of in this
category. The people are lovely, but you're talking about a two-hour
drive from Minot.
If you did come, however, you would feel really, really wanted. Radio
ads urged me to embark on a new career as a bank teller, laborer,
railroad conductor or cake decorator. The local Wal-Mart has a big sign
up, begging passersby to consider starting their lives anew in retail
The Bakken Region Recruiter lists openings in truck driving, winch
operating and canal maintenance work, along with ads for a floral
designer, bartender, public defender, loan officer, addiction counselor
and sports reporter. All in an area where the big city has a population
of around 16,000."