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Older Workers Move to North Dakota for New Jobs

High-paying oil jobs boost growth and salary in other job sectors

En español | As the sun set on the plains of northwestern North Dakota, Charles McKinney, 55, woke up in the crowded bunk room of a small metal trailer parked in a stubbly hay field. McKinney and five other men began preparing for their 12-hour night shift on an oil derrick. Everything they wore — insulated coveralls, steel-toed boots, thick gloves, hard hats — was coated in oil.
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