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Sewage flow becomes Williston’s oil bust indicator

WILLISTON, N.D. – The population of a U.S. oil boomtown that became a symbol of the fracking revolution is dropping fast because of the collapse in crude oil prices , according to an unusual metric: the amount of sewage produced. Williston, North Dakota, has seen its population drop about 6 percent since last summer, according to wastewater data relied upon ...

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North Dakota housing growth rate tops in the nation

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota built new housing at a faster clip than any other state from 2010 through last summer, as people flooded the state in search of work in the booming oil patch. The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest annual estimate shows North Dakota’s housing growth rate far outpaced any other state’s in the year leading up to last ...

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Wyo. not recovered from the recession

CHEYENNE — It’s been more than seven years since the nation plunged into recession. And while unemployment rates have steadily edged downward, those numbers only tell part of the story. Last week, the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Charitable Trusts decided to look at how many people are actually employed in each state, then it compared those numbers to pre-recession levels. What ...

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Williston updating comprehensive plan due to rapid growth

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials are updating a comprehensive plan for Williston that is just a few years old, saying the original plan did not take into account the rapid growth that the oil patch hub has experienced. The updated plan will address regional land use, transportation and economic development, the Williston Herald reported. It is being written by representatives of ...

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Region’s economy grew, Fed reports

A strengthening commercial real estate market and consumer spending during the holidays contributed to modest growth in the region’s economy, even though low oil prices are causing uncertainty for manufacturers and drillers, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The trends outlined for the Fourth District, which is based in Cleveland and includes Pittsburgh, echoed the rest of the ...

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Housing secretary visits North Dakota oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and western North Dakota officials asked the head of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday for help as the state copes with a lack of affordable housing brought on by the oil boom. Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who was sworn in as HUD secretary in July, ...

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Oilfields may be fountain of youth for Western Pa.

By Brian Bowling | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.) The oil and gas industry is attracting thousands of workers, largely young and male, to Western Pennsylvania, and that could drive changes in Allegheny County demographics — as the Census Bureau says it has elsewhere. Five Great Plains states became noticeably younger in 2013 when younger males sought work in oil and ...

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Oil boom fuels drop in age in Great Plains states

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is still growing older, but the trend is reversing in the Great Plains, thanks to a liberal application of oil. The aging baby boom generation helped inch up the median age in the United States last year from 37.5 years to 37.6 years, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau. But a ...

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