Two days ago I posted the June 2014 employment/unemployment data except South Dakota wasn’t available and I didn’t want to wait. South Dakota released their data today so I have completed the tables.

They are in the posting just below this one. Of course North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana are the same.

As for South Dakota, it is time to say a little more. North Dakota has been written about again and again as the state with the best unemployment rate and the increase in jobs, as a percentage increase has been phenomenal.

However, as I always write, the devil is in the details, and the detail is this, considering South Dakota has no gift like oil in North Dakota their unemployment rate of 3.6 % compared to North Dakotas 3 percent, and Minnesota and Montana’s rates of 4.6% in both cases is impressive. They must be doing something right, and North Dakota and the other two states should pay close attention to what they have done through “The Great Recesssion”.

Also, I showed in a recent posting that North Dakota’s job numbers grew nearly 19 percent from 2000 to 2014. In South Dakota that percentage increase from 2000 to 2014 was over 9.5 percent, about one half of its’ sister state, but again bear in mine that there has been no oil boom there.

The nation should pay attention to North Dakota, but they should pay good and close attention from a business stand point to South Dakota. If the rest of the nation had been doing as South Dakota maybe they would have called these past years “The Sort of Slow Down”. If only…If only.


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