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South Dakotans with disabilities are more likely to be older and in poverty than their counterparts without disabilities, according to federal data.  Those over age 65 had a disability rate of 34.5 percent percent in 2014 compared to a rate of 10.3 percent for those ages 18-64. Those over age 85, 62.3 percent…
Strong growth in the finance and insurance industries led South Dakota to the No. 2 spot nationally for growth in gross domestic product during the second quarter of 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The state's GDP growth was 5.8 percent during that quarter. Washington state ranked first…
A 44 percent growth in farm income between the second and third quarters of 2015 put South Dakota on top nationally for personal income growth, according to a U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis news release.  "Farm earnings grew 17.5 percent (nationwide) in the third quarter after falling 4.5 percent in the second. The…
Transportation-related injuries resulted in the highest number of work-related deaths in South Dakota in 2014, reports the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  That year, 12 of the state's 28 work-related deaths resulted from transportation incidents, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Falls, slips and trips led to eight deaths, while contact…
More South Dakotans over age 65 have been owning their homes in a trend that appears to not be linked to the Great Recession of 2008-2009, according to recenlty updated federal data.  Between 2010 and 2011, homeownership among senior citizens jumped from 72.6 percent to 75.1 percent, and the rate…
In 2014, South Dakotans' median income rose to its highest rate in a decade, $50,979, but that still reflects a stagnant income for South Dakotans and leaves the Rushmore State next to last among its neighbors, according to recently updated federal data.  South Dakota ranks ahead of Montana, which posted…
Young adults and South Dakotans living below the poverty line were the most likely to be without health insurance in 2014, although the uninsured rate has dropped in recent years as the federal Affordable Care Act has required more people to purchase health insurance, according to recently updated federal data. …
South Dakotans enjoyed the nation's third-lowest housing cost burden in 2014, although thousands of the state's residents were burdened by housing costs, according to recently updated federal data. The low-income and the young recorded much higher rates of housing cost burden. In 2014, 24 percent of South Dakotans were burdened…
While South Dakota's population center's ranked high in some sub-categories, it was neighboring counties that led the state in a national ranking for overall investment in communities. The financial firm Smart Asset researched four factors for each county in the nation and created state and national rankings. Here are South…
The 73,000-or-so South Dakotans buying health insurance on the individual market will experience double-digit premium increases, including those buying through the Affordable Care Act exchange, reports the Associated Press.  The biggest reported hikes are coming in plans that do not participate in the ACA exchange, where purchasers of insurance are…
Workers in South Dakota had the nation's lowest rate of "active disengagement" at 12 percent in 2013-2014, according to a survey conducted by Gallup.  The national average for 2013-2014 was 18 percent active disengagement, while -- at 21 percent -- Connecticut, New York, Michigan and Kentucky tied for the highest percentage…
The state of South Dakota has collected 5 percent more in sales tax since July 1 in 2015 than the previous year, reports the Rapid City Journal.  That makes for a marked increase over the 2.2 percent boost in sales tax for the entire fiscal year of 2015, which ended…

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