Congressman Rick Berg offered the following statement after a recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce named North Dakota as a leader in terms of growth and job creation over the next decade.
"The U.S. Chamber's report that North Dakota is expected to be a nationwide leader in growth and job creation over the next decade is further proof that the North Dakota blueprint for prosperity works," stated Berg. "President Obama and Harry Reid fail to understand that jobs come from small business and not big government, and instead continue with their policies of big government and big spending that will leave our children and grandchildren each with over $50,000 in debt. The President and Senate Democratic leadership need to look to North Dakota for commonsense solutions for economic growth and job creation to get our country back on solid financial footing."
According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce report published in the Wall Street Journal, the Chamber considered measures such as short- and long-term job growth, the education level of young workers, and the state's household income for adjusted living costs.
The report also found that over half of young North Dakotans have at least a two-year college degree and that many of the state's job opportunities are in the fields of manufacturing, technology and advanced services sector.
The findings by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce come after other recent reports have named North Dakota as the second-leading oil producer in the nation in addition to having the second highest high school graduation rates in the nation.