The jobs coming from the shale boom were in evidence as the Commerce Department released the fastest-growing counties by population on Thursday.
Williams County, North Dakota had by far the fastest growth of any county, at 10.7%, from July 2012 to July 2013, the agency reported. It plays host to the Bakken formation, whose boom is five time larger than the oil boom of the 1980s, according to the Minneapolis Fed.
And, North Dakota notched the 4th, 14th, 15th and 24th fastest-growing counties.
(North Dakota also saw the fastest rate of personal income growth, at 7.6% last year.)