SD state, local employees increase
South Dakota's state and local government employment grew from 2007 to 2012.
That's according to a recent study by the U.S. Census Bureau examining federal, state and local government employment trends.
In fact, five of the seven Northern Plains states saw similar or smaller increases in state and local government employees — South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming with increases of 4 percent or more, followed by Iowa with a 2-4 percent increase and Wyoming with a less than 2 percent increase. Only North Dakota and Minnesota showed a decrease of 2-4 percent during the same time period.
State and local government employees still make up a small percent of overall employment. In the Dakotas, state and local government employees only make up 0.3 percent of the workforce.