Report: N.D. is nation’s top economic growth performer

BISMARCK – A report released this week by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has identified North Dakota as the nation’s top growth performer.

The report, titled “Enterprising States: Getting Down to Small Business,” is an in-depth look at the free enterprise policies that are being implemented to promote economic growth at state and local levels.

The study states that, “With booming job growth, surging incomes and a rising population, North Dakota’s economic miracle shows few signs of ending. The report illustrates that the state ranks in the top-half of all six categories in this year’s report, notably placing 1st in economic performance and 13th for talent pipeline.

“This study shows that North Dakota ranks first in job growth in the high-paying fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); first in legal environment; second in college affordability, and third in educational attainment among its young workforce,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson says. “This report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is another confirmation that our strategies to further develop and diversify our economy are paying off.”

The study was prepared by Praxis Strategy Group and Joel Kotkin. Praxis Strategy Group is an economic research and community strategy company that works with leaders and innovators in business, education, and government to create new economic opportunities. Kotkin is an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends.