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North Dakotans are used to enjoying one of the lowest lowest unemployment rates in America, but lately, residents are positively giddy. Thanks to railroads and an oil boom in the state’s western Bakken shale basin, the current rate (3.1 percent) is the lowest in the nation. In addition to roughly 75 percent of the crude oil produced in the state, railroads move huge amounts of farm and food products across the nation. Chances are, if you’ve consumed products made with wheat, oats, soy, canola or other grains and seeds, you’ve tasted a bit of North Dakota thanks to railroads.