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North Dakota is America’s hardest-working state—again

Ben Shaw hangs from an oil derrick Tuesday, July 26, 2011, outside of Willisburg, North Dakota. With what many are calling the largest oil boom in recent North American history, temporary housing for the huge influx of workers, known as "man camps," now dot the sparse North Dakota landscape.
AP Photo/Gregory Bull
Employment’s up
By Melvin Backman
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Before the oil bust begins to more broadly take its economic toll on the good people of North Dakota, they have one more chance to thump their chests in pride. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual look at state employment figures, and North Dakota was again the nation’s envy in 2014, a year that saw unemployment rates fall across the board.

North Dakota’s was the lowest for the sixth year in a row, and the labor force participation rate—a measure of the size of the labor force compared to the civilian population—was the highest.

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