Great Plains economy is bucking the odds

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The unemployment rate in North Dakota is 3.7 percent, and "if it wasn't for cable news, we probably wouldn't have any idea that the rest of the country was any different," said an insurance business owner in West Fargo, who said he has added six new employees this year.

As businesses across the country struggle to recover from the deepest recession since World War II and the national jobless rate remains stuck at 9.6 percent, Bloomberg reports there's an ongoing boom in commodities such as wheat and soybeans that is having a positive chain reaction on employment and the economy in the Great Plains.

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