Oil patch Walmart paying $17/hour in North Dakota

Gordon Weyrauch, manager of Williston Home & Lumber, said it’s hard to keep good employees even at $16 an hour: “Seems like when you get somebody that’s really good, there’s always another company stealing them away.”

A sign outside the local Wal-Mart advertises starting wages of $17 an hour.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • JR Anderson

    no comments??… this goes against every thing wal mart stands for. if they can do it here imagine what our economy COULD be…

    • JoeMN

      So you want a comment ?

      Perhaps if the White house was not inhabited by an economic illiterate, the whole nation could be enjoying the growth and rising wages that the oil patch is now experiencing.

      • LifeIsDiving

        Bush must be the economic idiot you are talking about since he is the one that put is in the worst ressesion since the Great Depression and Obama is the only one trying to raise the minimum wage and get us back on track by bringing unemployment down more then Bush did….

        • Yourbestfriend

          Bringing down unemployment? Brahahahahaha!!!!!!
          Tell that to the 92 million that are out of the work force and the 47 million on food stamps.
          Tell these folks that unemployment is down:

          New claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, rose by 4,000 to 317,000 in the week ending June 7, the Labor Department said.

          The prior week’s claims number was upwardly revised to 313,000 from 312,000.

        • JoeMN

          Since my original post, it’s been another 10 months with your lightworker in office, and you still blame Buuuuuuuussssshhhhhh


        • Garth Seiler

          bush’s fault Christ you ever take responsibility for anything?

  • ec99

    In an area where an oil company is starting at $80K, $17/hr isn’t all that much.

    • Ken Parks

      Well there is little likelihood of losing digits or limbs working at Walmart. Those roughnecks earn their pay. Also Wallyworld is AC’ed and heated, those rigs aren’t…

      • LifeIsDiving

        If you read the article you would see that most people make 16-17 and hour here due to the oil boom there….does not matter where