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The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a neat little section of their website that geographically maps unemployment rates by MSA - Metropolitan Statistical Area. I found it because, as I was reading a post at Econbrowser economics blog, there was this comment about the following map:
The trouble is, in terms of unemployment, the number of people per square mile on the ground varys a lot; yet this graph gives the area on the screen to LA and NY as it does to a single county in N Dak.
So, yes, it isn't fair to compare North Dakota with California or New York... but it is fair to compare California with Texas.
And North Dakota? It doesn't have much in the way of MSAs, but what it has is doing quite well. It, too, is open for business.