What are the forces moving the Minnesota economy? Adam Belz tries to identify the trends and show the connections between Minnesota and the larger U.S. and global economies. You can connect with him on Twitter: @adambelz
Nominal GDP growth in 2012 across the lower 48 states, with North Dakota sticking out like a sore thumb. Scroll over a state for detail, and if you move the toggle in the upper right, you can see that only seven states -- Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, Texas, Minnesota, Indiana and Tennessee -- had growth over 5 percent.