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Kansas Oil Jobs Boom:

The jobs are pouring in not just for oil workers, but across all sectors of the local economy. Savvy entrepreneurs are buying up properties—homes, trailers, former banks—and leasing them to oil workers in need of housing. Harper County, Kansas, population 6,200, created 500 new jobs this past year and is witnessing its first population increase in a century. New shopping centers are being erected, motels are bursting at the seams, and old buildings are being renovated. And like the gold rushes and oil booms of past centuries, this economic revival is bringing with it a surge in bar fights, thefts, and traffic.




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