New drilling technology has freed up vast reserves of oil in the Williston Basin of western North Dakota, fueling an economic bonanza. As most of the country desperately tries to skirt a double-dip recession, North Dakota boasts a $1 billion budget surplus and the nation's lowest unemployment rate. Recruits from Minnesota, Texas and both coasts keep arriving, reversing a long population decline. Schools are rushing to hire more teachers. Towns are adding more cops.So, besides finding a good paying job, what's the sure bet?
Almost 200 drilling rigs are boring 100 new wells a month. The state's recent figures show 16,435 job openings, 48 percent more than a year ago.
That you won't see hoards of leftists Occupying North Dakota any time soon.