Kingsbury County unemployment rate lower than U.S. and S.D. averages

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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As the country puts another Labor day behind us, Employment statistics look good for South Dakota. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Dakota ranks number four among the 50 states and District of Columbia for the lowest rate of unemployment. North Dakota, Nebraska and Utah rank 1-3, respectively, while Mississippi ranks 51 with an eight percent unemployment rate.


While the national unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July, the unemployment rate for South Dakota was 3.7 percent, and even lower for Kingsbury County with a 2.6 percent unemployment rate.


These numbers represent people who do not have jobs, have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks and are currently available to work, along with people who are temporarily laid off and waiting to be recalled.


There are six manufacturing plants in De Smet alone. With a city population of a little more than 1,100, these businesses are likely, in part, responsible for the low number of unemployed people in the county.


A recent search of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation website advertises 39 available positions in Kingsbury County, 17 of them in De Smet.


Many of these jobs require only a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate. There are a few positions that require experience or higher education.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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