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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.

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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.

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