The manufacturing sector is on a tear in South Dakota, accounting for more than half of the 3,500 jobs created statewide between November 2013 and November 2014, according to recently updated federal data.
The wholesale trade sector runs a close second, with 1,400 new jobs over the 12-month period compared to manufacturing's 1,800 new jobs. Government and "other services" tie for the No. 3 spot with 800 new jobs in each sector.
Three sectors shed jobs during that time - leisure/hospitality (-700), education/health (-600) and retail trade (-500).
Statewide, jobs grew by 0.8 percent from November 2013 to November 2014, for 422,200 jobs and ranking South Dakota 41st nationally. Oil-boom states North Dakota and Texas led the nation, with job growth rates of 4.9 percent and 3.9 percent respectively. Mississippi and Alaska ranked at the bottom for job growth and were the only two states to lose jobs in the 12-month period, down 0.1 percent and 0.3 percent respectively.
South Dakota's recent job growth appears concentrated in the metropolitan areas, with jobs flat in the micropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
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