Manufacturing led the way for job growth in South Dakota between February 2015 and February 2014, according to recently released federal data.
That sector added 1,700 jobs year-over-year, followed closely by the Education/Health sector, which added 1,600 jobs. Other year-over-year growth sectors included the following:
- Wholesale Trade (up 1,000 jobs)
- Mining/Logging/Construction (up 900 jobs)
- Retail Trade (up 800 jobs)
- Services (up 400 jobs)
- Goverment (up 200 jobs)
The Leisure/Hospitality sector led for job losses, down 700 year-over-year. The Professional/Business Services and Financial Activities sectors were down 400 jobs each, while the Transportation Sector was down 100 jobs and the Information sector held steady with no gains or losses.
Overall, South Dakota added 5,000 jobs from February 2014 to February 2015, a 1.2 percent increase. That ranks the state 41st among the 50 states for year-over-year job growth and sets us just ahead of neighboring Nebraska, which saw 1.1 percent growth, and ahead of Montana, which tied with West Virginia for last place with 0.3 percent growth.
Utah, with 4.2 percent job growth, edged out neighboring North Dakota for the No. 1 slot. North Dakota logged 4 percent job growth and easily led the region, besting No. 27 Minnesota (1.7 percent growth), No. 30 Iowa (1.6 percent growth) and No. 35 Wyoming (1.4 percent growth).
When looking month-over-month, February 2015 marked South Dakota's best month for jobs growth since June 2014. From January 2015 to February 2015, the state added 3,500 jobs. That followed three straight months of downturns, including a 12-month record drop of 9,600 jobs between December 2014 and January 2015.