North Dakota is launching an $800,000 campaign to attract 20,000 workers to the state, CNNMoney reported. 

The North Dakota Economic Development Foundation aims to fill more than 20,000 jobs, and is teaming up with oil giant Hess Corp. to launch the campaign in May.

 

"It is being developed to target people in states with chronic unemployment and people in industries that are in high demand in North Dakota, including: engineering, health care, energy, skilled trades, transportation and information technology," the foundation said in a statement.

 

In Iowa, officials have identified a skilled worker shortage and also are trying to find ways to attract more workers to the state through initiatives such as Gov. Branstad's Home Base Iowa initiative, which is targeted at veterans.

 

North Dakota, though, is dealing with growing pains, the CNNMoney article said. Over the past few years, the influx of workers moving to the state has caused a housing shortage, and crime has gone up. Local restaurants and retailers are struggling to keep up with the surge in demand.