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As of January 2014, South Dakota had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United States at 3.6 percent. This makes it the state with the third lowest unemployment rate, just behind Nebraska and North Dakota. This is far lower than the national average, which was 6.7 percent as of February 2014. They have kept their unemployment rate low by offering job seekers help through the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.
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The industry providing the most jobs for workers as of February 2014 was the trade, transportation and utilities industry, which includes whole trade, retail trade and transportation, warehouse and utility services. This industry had a total of 84,400 workers as of February 2014. The smallest amount of opportunities were found in the educational services department with only 7,400 jobs reported.
As of January 2014, there was data provided for the unemployment rates for each South Dakota county. Below are the top five counties with the lowest unemployment rates, as well as the five counties at the bottom of the list with the highest unemployment rates:
Top Five Counties
Jerauld – 2.3 percent
Sanborn – 2.5 percent
Harding – 2.7 percent
Sully – 2.8 percent
Aurora and Hyde counties – 2.9 percent
Bottom Five Counties
Day – 8.6 percent
Jackson – 9.3 percent
Buffalo – 12.1 percent
Dewey – 12.9 percent
Shannon – 13.2 percent
If you would like to learn more about the statistics for different areas of the labor force in South Dakota, you can find detailed information on the following website: http://dlr.sd.gov/.