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With activity rising in the oil patch, Becky Riedl and Tracy Thompson had a compelling message for job seekers in Billings Thursday: Stay closer to home.
“They don’t want to go to North Dakota, or Eastern Montana. They don’t want to be away for months,” said Riedl, who works at Billings office of the Laborers Local 1686, which supplies workers for construction, bridge work, road-flagging, refinery work and other jobs.
Spring time means hiring time for these union representatives, and their table was buzzing at the Jobs Jamboree at MetraPark last week.