States with fastest-growing economies

Each of these 11 states had GDP growth of at least 2% in 2011, ahead of the national rate of 1.6%.

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Jun 18, 2012 12:55PM
Just give me a freakin' list.  I don't want to click through eleven slides to find out the few bits of info I need.
Jun 15, 2012 9:14AM

I have lived in ND for 60 years. The majority of the people are good and and have a excellent work ethic.  I love the cold winters (keeps the rif-raf out}.  If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes, it will change!  The crime rate is low, and you can walk at night without fear.  Neighbors know neighbors. It is relaxed here and the air is clean.  I think I'll stay another 60 years!!!  And you idiots with your dating posts, GET A LIFE.

Jun 18, 2012 12:06PM
Gross political piece in support of Obama. Any growth has occurred in spite of the executive or legislative branches of government. My hope of change will occur with an overhaul of both houses of congress and the executive branch. 
Jun 18, 2012 10:16AM
I wonder just how much greater state by state growth would be if our thieving D.C. representatives broke off and drifted to Antarctica?
Jun 18, 2012 11:53AM
When will some politician admit that the price of oil has been destroying economies throughout the world. It isn't the housing market or what political party is leading the's the price of fuel that each an every nation depends on. The oil producers are laughing all the way to the bank, while destroying economies throughout the world. If you can't beat them militarily, beat them economically by maintaining this high dollar per barrel price. Who needs a massive military to do that?
Jun 18, 2012 12:33PM
Wow and you know what, Im not a big Obama Hater, but I couldnt help but notice how the "Temporary " concessions made on illegal immigrants can be directly related to his administation getting them documented temporarily as "WORKERS" so that they can play with the job numbers until election is over. We Are Dummies if we fall for that one!! its not the mans fault if we are Dummies, and let him do what he wants to do..
Jun 18, 2012 10:29AM
When are you gonnna report the facts straight?  Im tired of the media protecting Obama.   I live in the Bakken Oil formation .  I didnt see Montana on the list but what I do see is the economy booming here, and alot of vehichles with plates from Michigan, Utah , Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma,and many more. And so many from Michigan ,Utah, and Idaho , that Im begining to wonder if anyone is left in those states.?    So tell me are they vacationing here or working ? Report the facts and quit lying !
Jun 15, 2012 3:50PM

When will you people at MSNBC begin to actually tell news instead of Obama's bogus economic BS?

IT'S BOGUS AND WE KNOW IT! Unlike you people, the rest of us folks have to live in it! So STOP trying to paint rosy pics of it.

Jun 18, 2012 11:18AM

I just wish that we could see through the lies on both sides.  Congress

protects itself not us.  See the latest on all of the insider trading

they do legally?  The problem in this country is that we have grown

fat, lazy and stupid.  It doesn't matter who is in office...they are going

to follow the dollars and do the bidding of the corporations that run this

country.  Wake up. 

Jun 22, 2012 12:46AM

I am surprised at how any angry, uneducated people there are in our great country. I am a believer of many of the Republican ideas and am registered as one. I am however not sold on any one particular parties ideas or nominees. I have voted ALWAYS for the right person for the job, not following party lines like a bunch of sheep. It amazes me on how many people are soooo smart that they feel that ALL ideas from a party are the right one. In 2009 when I lost my job, and decided to leverage my house, 401k, remaining savings, everything, to start my own business. I am proud to now have over 35 employees and a payroll of over 1m. Since I am now "rich", I pay over 50% in taxes. I resent lowlife punks saying I don't pay my share! Yes, I do have more options now, but I still am on the hook if my business fails, my house, savings etc, ALL GONE! Those of you that are not involved in helping build America should learn how to work harder, and risk more, then voice a practical opinion. Remember this, if you continue to overtax business, they will close and be forced to go elsewhere. When they do, where will we get the money, jobs, taxes, etc we need to fund our country? Just a thought.... 

Jun 19, 2012 5:08PM
I can't speak for the other 10 States but I can lend a explanation to the success in Texas
1) We love the oil and gas industries and allow them to operate without excessive restrictions and taxes.
2) We are business friendly.
3) No unions to bankrupt the State or business's. 
4) No State Income Tax. The people get to keep their money and since the people have more money they spend more money which allows the economy to grow.
5) Texas is a conservative State.
The facts are, we didn't elect Obama but we have made the best out of a bad situation and for all of the people in the States that are suffering that did vote for Obama, you are getting what you deserve. 
Jun 18, 2012 10:37AM
I feel sorry for you if you believe all this poropoganda.  Isn't it amazing how supposedly everything is getting better the closer it gets to the election?  We shouid be angered that they think we are this stupid.
Jun 15, 2012 4:23PM
Wasn't it Mark Twain who said that there are lies, there are damn lies, and then there are statistics. Some things never change.
Jun 21, 2012 9:53PM

Since when is 2% growth considered "overdrive"???


There are lies, Damn lies, and then there are statistics!  These articles must be writtten by 3rd grade dropouts.

Jun 15, 2012 8:43AM
 Way to go North Dakota.....# 1 in growth......Woo Hoo, who needs California around anyhow?
Jun 21, 2012 9:18PM
You got to be kidding me, where I live in California the unemployment rate is 15,9%
Jun 18, 2012 12:05PM

Interestingly...all these are right to work States. No great leap to figure that they were able to maintain their growth while all others were struggling to pay exorbinant pensions, salaries.


Jun 18, 2012 10:36AM
If Obama had half a brain he would follow North Dakota's example and open up all oil exploration for every source of oil that could benefit the US economy. By producing this valuable resource a country could jump start itself and practically overnight create a bustling economy based of the related support for other industries.
Jun 18, 2012 12:19PM
This list strikes me as a little weird. For one thing, Colorado is nowhere on here and we are comparatively healthy, growing jobs and attracting people from more depressed states as we do. For another, California should not be on this list. You're kidding me, right? And Connecticut, Michigan and West Virginia? Not really, but I suppose when you're that down there is nowhere else you can go but up. I;m skeptical. Plug for Obama? Very possibly. I'd say it's a rather skewed representation.
Jun 18, 2012 10:12AM
Interesting on ND, "upto 4 billion in recoverable oil" that is with standard-non fracking drilling. The actual current est is 24 billion barrels. This is out of the Bakken field. In the greater Williston Basin which stretches from Canada to South Dakota there are currently 8 confirmed pays and maybe as high as 15. There are currently 3 pays being drilled. The actual reserves are much higher than listed and the recoverable is much higher. People also forget that there is also seperate shale pays in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
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