the middle doesn't get as dark because a lot of it also has new oil and gas exploration, production, and processing industries. North Dakota has the lowest rate even now, partly due to the Bakken Shale oil and gas production...that industry creates a lot of jobs. Chesepeake Energy has created around 2000 jobs in the past year, average pay of $60,000. The CEO was on Cramer's Mad Money last night.
"The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference."
- Ralph Nader