Oil Boomtowns: Plenty Of Jobs, But No Place To Live

Joey Scott oil boom town
Joey Scott oil boom town

Like a 21st century Gold Rush, tens of thousands of Americans have packed their bags in the last two years and moved to one of the country's booming oil towns. But many of these migrants, lured by the promise of jobs and prosperity, have found themselves unable to find work or housing. Some have ended up living on the streets they thought would be paved with gold.

Wyoming's homeless population has shot up by 67 percent in the last year, The New York Times reported, even as the national rate held steady. In Casper, Wyo., unemployment is a remarkable 4.3 percent, but advocates told The Times that shelters and temporary housing are full to the brim.