I've always thought picking up and moving was an option worth considering when one is stuck in a depressed area and few options are available. Below is link to an excellent news article from the Fiscal Times on how people are doing that and moving to Williston, North Dakota.
Would you do something like that? Have you done it in the past?
"Nearly every business in town has “Help Wanted” signs and has raised wages to attract employees. McDonald’s started offering $300 signing bonuses, and the hourly pay for a cashier position at Walmart starts at $17.50, twice as much as the same position in other locations. And if a job-seeker can snag a job in the oil industry, they can make over $100,000 with no college degree"