The Latest on State-by-State Job Growth Rates Posted in Economist Commentaries, by Lawrence Yun, PhD., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President on October 25, 2013 You are currently browsing comments. If you would like to return to the full story, you can read the full entry here: “The Latest on State-by-State Job Growth Rates”. Tags:Jobs,Regional and Local Data Related Posts Shadow Inventory: Less Scary Thanksgiving: Home for Hosting — Or Maybe Just Dining Out Comments Lida Deutsch In North Dakota we are proud of our growth. Before you send someone here for those $18/hr McDonalds jobs, know that those wages are in the OIL production counties which are in the Western half of the state. Housing needs have not yet caught up with the growth of new residents. So, be aware that housing may not be available and when it is, rentals and houses arepriced very high: Even if you make $18/ hour. The Eastern half of the state is also doing well economically but wages are not as high as West of the Missouri River. Make housing plans before moving to North Dakota hoping to get a job once here. Our homeless shelters are overcrowded. And, yes, we have some Winter. Thank you.