Americans are more pessimistic about the economy than they’ve been in months. In August, nearly half of all Americans said the economy was heading in the wrong direction. And after last week’s jobs report, which showed that for every American who found a job in August, three left the workforce (many simply giving up after months of searching), their pessimism is understandable.

But while most of America suffers with an unemployment and underemployment rate approaching 15 percent, there’s one state that remains incredibly prosperous. Indeed, it’s at full employment, with unemployment at just 3 percent.

That state is North Dakota, and it offers a hint of what could be in store for the rest of America under a Romney administration committed to North American energy independence, one of the most ambitious goals in the Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class.