North Dakota leads the nation in personal income growth

North Dakota is already ranked as the best run state in the nation, and has the lowest unemployment rate. Now comes word that the state also leads the nation in personal income growth. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that the personal income growth of North Dakotans increased by 1.4 percent during the third quarter, while it slowed nationwide.

State leaders say they’re not surprised by the growth because it’s been going on since 2000.

“It does apply pressure on providers of work. Essentially wages should continue to grow. And the exciting part is it’s not just one energy, or one sector. It’s not just the mining or energy sector,” said Al Anderson with the Department of Commerce.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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