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Associated Press, Published November 09 2012

Minot base competes with Oil Patch for civilian workers

MINOT, N.D. — Minot Air Force Base is looking for civilian workers as the western oil fields continue to draw engineers, electricians and others.

Kevin Nelson with the 5th Mission Support Group tells the Minot Daily News that there are more than 150 vacancies on base, and the base is in direct competition with the oil industry when it comes to filling a lot of them.

Nelson says about 20 people have resigned recently to go to work in the high-paying oil fields. He says it's not that they didn't like their jobs at the base — it's simple economics.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.