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North Dakota first in job growth

A study out of Arizona State University finds North Dakota first in job growth in the nation. The study, using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, found that North Dakota added 23,900 jobs—a 6.3 percent increase. A study analyst said the theme among the top of the list were states using their natural resources during a stretch of high energy prices. The top five states for non-agricultural job growth from Jan. 2011 – Jan. 2012 were:

1. North Dakota – 6.3 percent
2. West Virginia – 2.6 percent
3. Utah – 2.6 percent
4. Texas – 2.5 percent
5. Louisiana – 2.4 percent

See the news release with the full list of top-ranking job growth states and cities in the top 10 at Arizona State University’s website.

Read the article in the Bismarck Tribune on North Dakota’s top ranking.

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