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Fracking Makes North Dakota the Deadliest State to Work In

Fracking has given North Dakota the fastest economic growth and lowest unemployment rate of any U.S. state, but it also has the least-safe working conditions, according to federal data compiled by the AFL-CIO. “According to the report, in 2012 the mining and oil and gas sector rate was 104 deaths per 100,000 workers, six times the national average; in the construction sector, the rate was 97.4 per 100,000, almost 10 times the national average,” MoJo reported. Construction employment in the state includes workers who build well pads and roads before oil drilling begins. (h/t to InsideClimate News)