- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s top oil regulator says low crude prices could create a “crisis” for the state’s already short-handed workforce.

Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says low oil prices could “stimulate” economies in other states.

He says slumping crude prices could slow drilling in North Dakota. He says if workers are laid off and leave the state it may tough “to get them back.”

State officials say North Dakota already has about 25,000 more jobs than takers.

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