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I think North Dakota's situation illustrates a point people need to remember — quality of life matters, too, not just taking any job at even higher wages. North Dakota has jobs, but little else to offer many people — cultural, educational, recreational, pro sports, entertainment, shopping, outdoors, etc. Life in a man camp, living in a trailer out on the open prairie in winter is not much of a life even at $100,000 a year. It gets old after a while. I'd be interested in a story on how many people, who may have gone to N.D. 2-3 years ago, have gone back home to resume a more normal life. As the economy improves in other states, heading off to N.D. as modern day gold diggers will become even less attractive and you'll see the state's unemployment rate get even tighter, if possible. What family will uproot and move there. Dad might go, for a while, but mom is going to stay home with the kids.
Also, you factor cost of living, housing in particular, that $13 per hour is not enough to off set the cost of living for lower income workers.
I guess hunting fishing boating skiing aren't things done outdoors. ND is not the idiot Cohen Fargo.
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