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Published June 09, 2011, 05:33 PM

North Dakota leads nation in GDP growth

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple said North Dakota's 7 percent growth in gross domestic product last year led the nation.

A report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis put the state's current-dollar value of 2010 GDP at $34.6 billion. Gross domestic product is a measure of state productivity by the value of goods and services produced.

Dalrymple said the report shows economic growth across the board last year and 90 percent growth since 2000.

He said North Dakota has created 47,900 new jobs since 2000, an increase of 14.6 percent during a period when job creation nationwide declined by 1.49 percent.