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Published August 24, 2012, 02:36 PM

Report says North Dakota leads nation in job growth

Tempe, AZ (AP) - A report from a university research professor says North Dakota led the nation in job growth in the past year.

By: The Associated Press, Associated Press

Tempe, AZ (AP) - A report from a university research professor says North Dakota led the nation in job growth in the past year.

Professor Lee McPheters of Arizona State University says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that non-agricultural jobs in North Dakota grew 6.9 percent from July 2011 to July this year. He says California came in second with job growth of 2.6 percent for the same period, while job growth nationally was 1.4 percent.

McPheters North Dakota has the nation'stop job growth thanks largely to oil and gas production.

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