In 2015, South Dakota ranked 21st among the 50 states for economic output per working age adult, at $76,637. This compared to No. 1 North Dakota, at $103,579, No. 50 Mississippi, at $50,418, and the national average, at $77,334.
South Dakota's tourism tax is on the upswing, going from $732 million in 2014 to $736 million in 2015. (Inflation adjusted figures are used based on 2015 dollars.) South Dakota's tourism tax revenue has continued to increase year over year since 2011.
South Dakota's gross sales decreased slightly in 2015 to $68.3 billion, down from $68.3 billion, down from $68.9 billion (inflation adjusted dollars) in 2014. The state's gross sales growth had been growing steadily since 2002, with 2008 and 2012 being the exceptions.
Jobs in South Dakota resumed modest annual growth in 2011 after the state shed jobs in 2009 and 2010. Jobs in the Rushmore state hit an all-time high in 2015 at 428,100. The figures exclude the self-employed as well as agriculture, domestic and military workers.