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North Dakota named best-run state for third year

North Dakota named best-run state for third year

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For the third consecutive year a financial news organization has named North Dakota the best-run state in the country.

Delaware-based 24/7 Wall Street announced its annual state rankings on Wednesday.

The rankings are based off of a survey of data including government services and the state’s financial health. Several areas, such as taxation, unemployment, education, graduation and foreclosure rates, are also reviewed.

The group notes North Dakota’s 2.9 percent unemployment rate in 2013 as well as the highest rise in gross domestic product at 9.7 percent.

North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson praised the findings Thursday in a release.

“State and local leaders have worked hard to build an environment that supports business growth and creates a good quality of life for our citizens. It’s great to see this hard work being recognized by 24/7 Wall St for the third consecutive year,” Anderson said.

Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota rounded out the top five.

South Dakota ranked 10th and Montana ranked 11th.

The study can be found at 247wallst.com.

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Reach Nick Smith at 250-8255 or 223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.

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