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A pumpjack in West Texas. (Terrence Henry/StateImpact Texas)
A pumpjack in West Texas. (Terrence Henry/StateImpact Texas)

The towns of Midland and Odessa have the lowest unemployment in Texas and the fastest growing GDP in the country. That's because the region is the center of oil production.

But with the oil boom, comes a high cost of living, traffic jams and limited housing, making a prosperous city undesirable for those who live there.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Mose Buchele of KUT reports.

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  • Mose Buchele, Austin-based reporter for KUT's NPR partnership StateImpact Texas.

This segment aired on September 27, 2013.

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