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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…
Six years after the Great Recession struck, poverty levels remained above pre-recession rates in South Dakota and the United States, at 14.2 percent and 15.5 percent respectively in 2014, according to recently updated federal data.  South Dakota's poverty rate has remained below the national average except in 2009 when both…
Median household income in South Dakota was at an all-time high at $50,979 in 2014, but incomes varied widely depending on the type of household, according to recently updated federal data. (All figures are inflation-adjusted to 2014 dollars.) Median incomes in households headed by single mothers were just above the…
More South Dakotans were working in 2014 than in any year since at least 2000, according to recently updated federal data. That holds true whether the state's workforce is measured by the number of individuals or by the percentage of the total population.  In 2014, 77.6 percent of South Dakota…
Learn how to build a business, navigate federal Census data online or stop the population decline of small towns at the 2015 South Dakota Demography Conference. For the just-released complete schedule of speakers and sessions for Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 9, see below.  You can register for the conference online.…
South Dakota has added jobs faster than the nation as a whole since 2000, with South Dakota's job growth at 12.9 percent over 14 years, according to recently updated federal data.  Over the same time period, national job growth was 5.2 percent, an addition of 6.7 million jobs to a…
The economies in South Dakota's two major metropolitan areas enjoyed modest growth in 2014, but were below the national average, according to figures released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Adjusted for inflation, the gross domestic product (GDP) for the Sioux Falls metropolitan area grew by 1.7 percent from $17.58…
Since 2009, males have been the majority in South Dakota and they have been growing faster than females in recent years, according to recently updated federal data.  In 2000, women and girls outnumbered men and boys by 5,728 -- 380,286 females compared to 374,558 males. By 2014 that dynamic had…
The home of the Jackrabbits is the nation's safest college town, reports KDLT News. Brookings, home to South Dakota State University, tops the list released by SafeWise, a Utah-based security company. The company reviewed 2013 FBI crime statistics and weighted those against population. Then, they did an anaylsis of the…
The third installment of Trivia Tuesday is hot off the presses. Impress your friends and coworkers after learning smart-sounding data from our sleek infographics. Further your education by scrolling to the end of the page and clicking the text links to dive deeper into the data at hand. This week’s…
The second installment of Trivia Tuesday is hot off the presses. Impress your friends and coworkers after learning smart-sounding data from our sleek infographics. Further your education by scrolling to the end of the page and clicking the text links to dive deeper into the data at hand. This week’s…

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