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Saturday, December 6, 2008

What's going on in North Dakota?

While the rest of the country sinks deeply into a recession, North Dakota has had one of its most prosperous years, according to an article in The New York Times.

  • North Dakota state government is working on how to handle $1.2 billion surplus.
  • New car sales are up 27% over last year.
  • The foreclosure rate is "miniscule."
  • Homes are making modest gains in value.
  • Unemployment is the lowest in the nation at 3.4 percent.
  • Currently 13,000 jobs in the state are unfilled.

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