In an effort to help ND counties think about peers and relative performance I started an ongoing project on this topic. This is a first pass with some differing cluster sizes and a very basic amount of data. There will be modifications to come.
I took a look at the population age 45 to 64 in ND counties because it is an age group whose retirement is most likely to be hurt by adverse economic shocks in the near future.
The big contributors to total taxables sales and purchases in the state are not a surprise. Which counties grew fast and who among the large counties performed well in the last year is a bit of a surprise.
There is lots of interest in public banking given the recent passage of a public banking law in California. I start the discussion about the ND experience in this post.
I was thinking about the labor force increase during the Bakken oil boom and wondered how it stood up against streaks in other states. The answer surprised me.