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The poverty rate for the Rapid City metro area jumped from 11.2 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013, the highest rate since 2006. The number of those in poverty increased from 14,306 to 19,997 for the metro area, which includes Pennington, Meade and Custer counties. See an interactive…
By Northern Plains News   The seven-year improving trend in South Dakota’s preterm birth rate helped give more babies a healthy start in life and contributed to the improvement in the national rate, according to a recent report card by the March of Dimes.   South Dakota’s preterm birth rate…
How much income a family needs to have a living wage in the Black Hills varies widely by circumstance, and a new living wage calculator from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology breaks down several situations in easy-to-read tables. Exact numbers vary by county, but a family of four - two…
Manufacturing led the way for job growth in South Dakota between Febrary 2015 and February 2014, according to recently released ferderal data. That sector added 1,700 jobs year-over-year, followed closely by the Education/Health sector, which added 1,600 jobs. When looking month-over-month, February 2015 marked South Dakota's best month for jobs growth…
Per-capita consumer spending in South Dakota jumped 14.9 percent since the Great Recession ended in 2009 through 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available. The Rushmore State has logged the third-fastest growth among the 50 states of this type of spending during that timeframe. (The figures have…
Millenials have passed the Baby Boomer generation as the largest demographic in South Dakota, Northern Plains News reports. According to Governing Magazine, Millenials (ages 11-30) make up 27.3 percent of South Dakota's population. Baby Boomers (ages 47-65), make up the second highest group with 25 percent. Coming in third are the…
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