By Michael B. Sauter and Samuel Weigley Difference in full-time, year-round income
: $12,955 Female full-time, year-round median income
: $33,792 (11th lowest) Male full-time, year-round median income
: $46,747 (25th highest) 2011 unemployment rate
: 3.5% (the lowest)
North Dakota’s unemployment rate was the lowest in the country in 2011 at 3.5%, but the jobs that pay larger salaries were primarily in male-dominated industries. The state is in the midst of an oil boom, an industry that is attracting predominantly young men to work in the oil fields for relatively high pay. More than 13% of state workers were employed in natural resources, construction and maintenance, while more than 9% were employed in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting and mining, both the second highest among all-states. Meanwhile, 12% of North Dakota workers were employed in retail, which has a larger proportion of women working in it and tends to have lower wages.
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