Pay Soars for Burger Flippers Amid Energy Boom

Personal incomes have soared in North Dakota along with the state’s booming energy production, with fast-food workers making multiples of the federal $7.25 minimum wage, NBC News reported. North Dakota’s 2.6 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation. The market “pushes wages way up,” says Mark Perry, a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan's Flint campus. Hardee's franchise owner Jon Munger said that his starting wage is $11 an hour and some crew members make $15.

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