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SD July jobless rate drops 0.6 percent over year

PIERRE (AP) — The state Bureau of Labor Statistics says South Dakota's unemployment rate in July was 3.9 percent, unchanged from June and down from 4.5 percent in July 2012.

The state's labor force in July increased by 1.6 percent over the year to 449,000, and the level of unemployed dropped by 13 percent to 2,600.

State Labor and Regulation Secretary Pam Roberts says the state's economy continues to strengthen. She says employers are hiring more workers than they were a year ago.