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Has the Bakken boom had a spillover effect throughout the state?

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FARGO -- Employment in the heart of North Dakota's Oil Patch has soared by about 50 percent over the past three years.

Workers have been streaming to the oil fields and associated job sites, lured by an average annual wage of $89,730, more than double the state average of $41,778.

For months, North Dakota's unemployment rate has been the lowest in the nation, thanks not only to the energy boom but also from strong crop prices, among other factors.

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