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SD state, local government employee growth among fastest in nation

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South Dakota state and local government employees grew at a faster rate than most of the country’s between 2007 and 2012, according to recent U.S. Census data.

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The Mount Rushmore State, along with fellow Northern Plains states Wyoming and Nebraska, had government employment grow by more than 4 percent during that period.

North Dakota and Minnesota had a 2 to 4 percent decrease in state and local government employees during the period while Montana’s government workforce grew by less than 2 percent and Iowa’s by 2 to 4 percent.

Over 62,000 South Dakotans worked in state or local government as of 2012, according to Census data. Thirty-one percent worked in state government and 69 percent in local government.

Average annual state government wages in South Dakota were $50,000 to $55,000 and $35,000 to $40,000 for local government employees.

State employees working in education were the best paid, at an annual salary of $60,000 to $65,000 and the lowest paid were local natural resources employees at $30,000 to $35,000.

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