BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Job openings are booming in central North Dakota and the Bakken oil patch, according to a regional report released last week.

Job Service North Dakota's latest report found that job vacancies in Divide, McKenzie and Williams counties were at their highest level last month since July 2015, the Bismarck Tribune reported .

The three counties have a significant need for health care professionals, teachers and oilfield workers, according to Cindy Sanford of the Williston Job Service North Dakota.

"Just in (Divide, McKenzie and Williams counties) alone, they have 500 kindergarteners registered for this year," Sanford said.

The oilfield needs more operators for hydraulic fracturing, pipelines, truck driving and drones, according to Sanford. She said the oilfield is looking for people with experience and clean driving records.

Bakken-area job openings have steadily increased since fall, said Sanford. She anticipates the trend to continue as construction projects move forward once the weather warms next month, lifting the oilfield's road restrictions.

"Once those are lifted, send your friends, your neighbors, your in-laws and your ex-laws because we're going to need everybody that we can for working," Sanford said.

The Bismarck-area is also expected to see an increase in job openings continuing into summer, according to Phil Davis, customer service area manager for the Bismarck Job Service. Government, heath care and transportation jobs remain strong, he said.

"It's just a real strong economy continuing here in Bismarck-Mandan as well as in North Dakota," Davis said.

Several job fairs will be held this month in Bismarck, Williston and Watford City.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com