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More women looking for work in the oil industry in North Dakota

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's workforce agency says a shift in the labor market has drawn more women seeking permanent work in the oil and gas industry of western North Dakota.

Job Service North Dakota kept tabs on gender ratios in the workforce from January to June.

Overall the total number of people walking into the downtown Williston office looking for work increased by 33 percent to 2,264 in June. The number of women seeking jobs in Williston jumped by 65 percent to 804.

Women made up 36 percent of the total walk-ins who registered at Job Service North Dakota in June.