South Dakota Makes Top-10 List for Employment Rate

Last Updated by Nate Wek on
PBS NewsHour

As of June 2015, South Dakota is currently one of the best states in the nation for employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Dakota has an unemployment rate of 3.8%, which is tied for the sixth best rate in the nation.

The national unemployment rate average is 5.3%, which means South Dakota is better than average in terms of employment for its citizens. Nebraska is currently the best state in the nation with an unemployment rate of 2.6%. West Virginia comes in last with an unemployment rate of 7.4%.

RankStateRate
1NEBRASKA2.6
2NORTH DAKOTA3.1
3UTAH3.5
4VERMONT3.6
5IOWA3.7
6NEW HAMPSHIRE3.8
6SOUTH DAKOTA3.8
8MINNESOTA3.9
8MONTANA3.9
10HAWAII4
10IDAHO4
12WYOMING4.1
13TEXAS4.2
14COLORADO4.4
15KANSAS4.5
15OKLAHOMA4.5
17MASSACHUSETTS4.6
17WISCONSIN4.6
19DELAWARE4.7
19MAINE4.7
21INDIANA4.9
21VIRGINIA4.9
23KENTUCKY5.1
24MARYLAND5.2
24OHIO5.2
26WASHINGTON5.3
27PENNSYLVANIA5.4
28FLORIDA5.5
28MICHIGAN5.5
28NEW YORK5.5
28OREGON5.5
32ARKANSAS5.7
32CONNECTICUT5.7
32TENNESSEE5.7
35MISSOURI5.8
35NORTH CAROLINA5.8
37ARIZONA5.9
37ILLINOIS5.9
37RHODE ISLAND5.9
40ALABAMA6.1
40GEORGIA6.1
40NEW JERSEY6.1
43CALIFORNIA6.3
44LOUISIANA6.4
44NEW MEXICO6.4
46MISSISSIPPI6.6
46SOUTH CAROLINA6.6
48ALASKA6.8
49NEVADA6.9
50DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA7
51WEST VIRGINIA7.4

 

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