Workers in the Bakken are getting nervous. Oil prices are free falling, and the lay offs have started. Everyone has a prediction on what will happen, but only time will tell. I will say this: now is not a good time to come to North Dakota to look for work. For the first time in recent memory, the jobs are getting tighter.
There are still plenty of people working and making good money, and no matter what happens there will still be an oilfield here. But drilling is getting scaled back for new wells, so that has hit a lot of companies.
One trend I have noticed in the past year is that it is becoming more difficult for hands with no experience to break into the oilfield. Also, companies are increasingly favor people who are willing to live in town. Many of the allowances for travelling have been eliminated, and companies are more interested in full time workers. Some parts of the oilfield are even moving more towards the 5 day work week.