North Dakota has a proud history in oil and gas production: It’s currently the second largest producer in the nation and contributed more than 300 barrels of oil to the U.S. supply in 2013. North Dakota is home to the Bakken Shale Play, projected to hold an impressive 11 billion barrels of oil. In fact, crude oil production is rising about 37 percent each year in North Dakota.
Due to the state’s abundance of oil, North Dakota holds one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation – and has since 2008. A recent study uncovered that the oil and gas industry supports 64,000 jobs in the state. The industry has also contributed $6.6 billion to the state’s economy, continuing to drive job and population growth in the Roughrider State.