Dakota has a lot of geographical space from which its
824,000 residents can share its colorful stories and traditions of Western
culture and lore. The nation's fifth less dense state perks with such sites as
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the old Western town Deadwood, and monuments
to gold rushes in the Black Hills, Indian Chief Crazy Horse, Wild Bill Hickok
and Wounded Knee.
The state's economy is based on service industries, government employment and
agriculture. Top employers include health care providers Sioux valley Hospitals and
Health and Avera McKennan Hospital; Ellsworth Air Force Base; Citibank; South
Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota; and Tyson Fresh
The highest unemployment rate for the state during the recession reached a little
over 5 percent in 2010 and stood at 4.2 percent December 2011, among the nation's
lowest. Most economic sectors demonstrated significant job growth and positive,
though varied recovery levels through 2011.
Government officials have recently announced the state needs job seekers to fill
skilled positions. They have contracted Manpower to conduct national searches.
There is work for welders, machinists, and math and science teachers among other
areas. Out-of-state job seekers should be prepared for cold winters.
Additional information can be found regarding South Dakota's
economy and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: South Dakota Economy.