We never thought it would come to this, but indeed it has. Minnesotans are so desperate to make a buck that they are sucking up their pride, lowering their standards, and crossing into North Dakota for work. What a shame our state's residents have become.
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on the depressing trend:
More than 33,000 people filed for jobless benefits in Minnesota last month, raising the state's unemployment rate to nearly seven percent. But things don't look so bad in neighboring North Dakota, where unemployment is just three-and-a-half percent. Thanks in part to a booming oil business, North Dakota has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country. Those North Dakota jobs appear to be attracting a growing number of Minnesotans.
Companies associated with the oil business in North Dakota say they're seeing a growing number of people, not only from Minnesota, but from as far east as Wisconsin and Michigan, all seeking jobs in the oil fields.
It's hard to tell just how many Minnesotans have left the state for jobs out west. Except for census data every 10 years, Minnesota and North Dakota don't track workers coming or going.