Weather Forecast


S&P upgrades N.D. credit rating to AAA

News Jamestown,North Dakota 58401
Jamestown Sun
S&P upgrades N.D. credit rating to AAA
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

BISMARCK — Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has upgraded North Dakota’s credit rating from AA to AAA, making the state one of only 15 in the nation to hold the financial services company’s top credit rating, Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Friday.

The major credit house also upgraded North Dakota’s appropriation debt rating and obligation debt rating to better reflect the state’s “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” the governor’s office stated in a news release.

“The stable outlook reflects what we view as North Dakota's strong government framework and management, strong budgetary performance, and enhanced reserves,” Standard & Poor’s reported, according to the release. “In our view, North Dakota's stability throughout economic cycles has long been a positive credit factor, and performance through the recent recession was stronger than nearly all state peers.”

Dalrymple said the analysis “reflects the great progress we’re making in North Dakota.”

Other factors in the upgrade included the state’s lowest-in-the-nation unemployment rate, its per-capita gross state product and improvements to state pension funds.

Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.