BISMARCK, N.D. — The latest unemployment figures from North Dakota paint a familiar picture for citizens of the oil-rich state. A rock-bottom unemployment rate, and far more jobs than available workers, have become common themes.

“The nation’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent for September, a slight decrease from prior month,” a Tuesday press release from North Dakota Job Service states. “The seasonally adjusted rate for North Dakota was 2.8 percent in September, unchanged over the month and year.”

That unemployment rate qualifies North Dakota yet again for the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, coming in more than a half percentage point lower than South Dakota at 3.4 percent.

The report also documented 8,933 unemployed workers in the state for September. The state’s online job openings report for September counted 25,837 open positions, an increase of 12.1 percent over a year ago.

Counting online job listings alone, the state has 2.89 open jobs for every unemployed worker.

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