While the nation staggers through a sluggish, jobless recovery, North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 3.3%. The jobless rate in Williston, the core of the state's oil patch, which is fed by the Bakken Formation, is impossibly low at less than 1%.
The boom is happening across all of the state's industries, but it's the oil and gas sectors that are primarily stoking the fortunes. North Dakota is now the fourth-leading oil producer in the country, having passed Louisiana, and is on track to soon pass California for third.
North Dakota, which lies north of the flyover country that elitists look down on, is not a Barack Obama state.
The president, his Cabinet and his party in general are hostile to the fossil fuels driving the Dakota Spring, and they can't like what an awestruck country is watching take place there.
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