oil boomtown in the middle of North Dakota is proving that the laws of
supply and demand apply to everything — even stripper salaries.
As thousands of men move to Williston, North Dakota seeking high-paying jobs working for oil companies, area strippers have seen their salaries skyrocket,
CNNMoney reports. Strippers claim that they can make $2,000 to $3,000
per night in tips — more than in typical strip club hot spots like Las
Vegas — dancing for the oil rig workers, many of whom moved to the town
without their families.
of their success has spread and now applications are pouring in to the
town’s strip clubs from women working as far away as Hawaii and Germany,
according to CNNMoney. North Dakota has weathered the recession
particularly well, with an unemployment rate of only 3.5 percent as of September, in comparison to the national rate of 9.1 percent.
the stripper economy in Williston may seem particularly extreme, women
are flocking to jobs dancing in strip clubs and posing in adult
magazines elsewhere as well. Employers in the adult entertainment
industry told the Associated Press in 2009 that they were seeing an influx in job applicants thanks to the down economy.
Still, the down economy hasn’t hurt the strip club industry in many locations. On some nights in British Columbia, strippers pull in less than half of what they used to make thanks in large part to the economic downturn and the rise of internet porn, according to The Vancouver Sun. In Tampa some strip club owners reported in 2008 that their business dropped 25 percent as potential patronshad less money to spend in a down economy.