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With ND Economy Booming, Job Seekers Add To Homeless Problem

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BISMARCK, North Dakota -- More than almost any other U.S. state, North Dakota has escaped the worst effects of the country's recession, but with its good fortune has come an unexpected problem: homelessness, as desperate job seekers flow into the largely rural state looking for work.

Shelters are full statewide, and soup kitchens are feeding as many as they can. Some homeless newcomers are living in cars, but as temperatures linger below freezing, many are bunking with acquaintances to avoid freezing.

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