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Growth in South Dakota's three metropolitan areas is driving the state's tourism tax on an upward trend, while growth has been modest in the state's nine micropolitan areas and its non-metro areas, according to recently updated data from the South Dakota Department of Revenue.  In 2014, the state's overall taxable…
Advocates for renewable energy say the industry brings economic benefits to the Dakotas. A new report from a coalition supporting renewable fuels shows the industry is responsible for jobs, wages and output in the billions of dollars, reports South Dakota Public Radio. The Fuels America coalition is a non-partisan group of…
More Native Americans are prosecuted in federal criminal court in South Dakota than in any other federal court district in the nation, according to a report issued recently by the U.S. Sentencing Commission of the U.S. Justice Department. (The two-page report is attached below.) In 2014, 293 Native Americans were…
This week the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development officially launched the South Dakota Real Wage Calculator (SDRWC), a tool that calculates the impact of income taxes and cost of living on wages across the nation. This virtual tool allows users to accurately determine and compare their purchasing power – the after tax wages adjusted by…
After four years of slow but steady growth in median income, South Dakotans who live outside a metropolitan or micropolitan area are closing the income gap with their city cousins, according to federal data recently updated through 2013.  While South Dakotans who live in metro areas still take home more bacon…
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…
Manufacturing led the way for job growth in South Dakota between Febrary 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)…
State health experts say that more than one third of South Dakota’s children are overweight or obese. That’s according to the most recent sampling from schools across the state. The numbers aren’t much worse than the previous year but they also aren’t any better, reports South Dakota Public Radio.  That information…
South Dakota personal income increased by 1.7 percent, making South Dakota 47th in the nation for growth, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Nationwide, the average state personal income growth grew to 3.9 percent in 2014, up from 2.0 percent in 2013. The average per…
The Februrary edition of the South Dakota Health and Disease report is now available digitally. This monthly publication includes statistics on oral health, infectious disease, births, and deaths for the state. Statistics highlighted in this issue include a rise in STI and MRSA rates as well as the most South…
Agriculture's impact on Sioux Falls is difficult to measure, according to a report in the Argus Leader.  According to officials the city's two-cent sales taxs brought in $117.3 million in sales tax revenue in 2014. City Finance Director Tracy Turback alleges that agriculture-related taxable sales make up less that one…
International exports from South Dakota totaled $1.6 billion in 2014, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Canada was the state’s largest trading partner, accounting for $715 million or 44.9 percent of the state’s total merchandise exports, while goods sold to Mexico totaled $344 million. Food…

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