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  •  but the top 5 (3+ / 0-)
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    has 4 red states as well.

    •  Temporary aboration from natural gas boom (8+ / 0-)

      North Dakota and South Dakota jumped #19 and #12 to #1 and #2. Without the huge boom in fracking (and the high salaries they're paying) they'd still be in the second quintile. Most of the remaining top 10 and the bottom 10 are pretty stable. But there is quite a bit of jostling in the middle three quintiles. Not sure what to make of that.

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      by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:19:46 PM PST

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      •  Influx from other states to Dakotas (1+ / 0-)
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        for the fracking jobs, could easily cause a transplant or a local unemployed to be happier with a high paying job or a job of any kind. It's a bubble.

        What's interesting is how little movement there was at the bottom of the chart.  A lot more straight lines from a 2012 year of misery to a 2013 year of misery.

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        by Uncle Moji on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 03:56:22 AM PST

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    •  Yet two of those are the Dakotas and that (3+ / 0-)
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      is likely related to the unique employment boom.  So the moved from #19 and #12 from the previous year.  Look at the lack of change on the bottom quintile.

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      by Satya1 on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:25:02 PM PST

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