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June 17, 2021

South Dakota Unemployment Numbers for week of June 6-12

PIERRE, S.D. – During the week of June 6-12, a total of 266 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is an increase of 13 claims from the prior week’s total of 253. South Dakota will terminate its participation in the federal pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs effective […]

June 15, 2021

Thune introduces act to protect municipalities like Rapid City from losing MSA Classification

WASHINGTON — South Dakota Senator John Thune announced Tuesday he has introduced the Metropolitan Statistical Area Preservation Act. Thune says it is designed to protect more than 140 areas, including Rapid City, from losing their MSA classification. The bill would prevent the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) increasing the minimum population currently required to […]

June 14, 2021

Yellowstone National Park sets tourism record for May

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park had its busiest May as tourism continued to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. The park had over 483,000 recreation visits last month, up 11% from May 2019, park officials said Friday. So far, Yellowstone is having its busiest year in recent memory. The park recorded over […]

June 14, 2021

South Dakota Weekly Gas Price Update for Week of June 14

UNDATED – South Dakota gas prices have fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.89/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. Gas prices in South Dakota are 2.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 96.2 cents per gallon higher than a year […]

June 10, 2021

Monument Health adds six ICU rooms to Rapid City Hospital

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monument Health has expanded its Intensive Care Unit capacity, completing construction of six new ICU rooms at its Rapid City Hospital. The new rooms are a response to expanding demand for medical and surgical services, especially cardio-thoracic surgery, at Monument Health. “Bringing six more ICU rooms online fills an important need […]

June 10, 2021

Wallet Hub study shows South Dakota best state in the nation for jobs

UNDATED – A new study says South Dakota is the best state in the nation for jobs. With the economy gaining 559,000 jobs in May, picking up steam after last month’s disappointing numbers, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Jobs, as well as accompanying videos. To […]

June 10, 2021

South Dakota Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending June 5

PIERRE, S.D. – During the week of May 30-June 5, a total of 215 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 48 claims from the prior week’s total of 263. The latest number of continued state claims is 1,495 for the week ending May 29, […]

June 10, 2021

South Dakota Mines Job Placement Rate Remains High

RAPID CITY, SD — South Dakota Mines 2019-2020 graduates are enjoying a 97% placement rate in their field of study or in graduate school. This is up from numbers reported in 2020. This cohort is also receiving an average starting salary of $66,156. The high placement rate and starting salary speaks to South Dakota Mines’ […]

June 7, 2021

South Dakota gas prices rise almost 3 cents over past week

UNDATED – South Dakota gas prices have risen 2.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.90/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. Gas prices in South Dakota are 5.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.05/g higher than a year ago. According to […]

June 7, 2021

2021’s Best & Worst State Economies – WalletHub Study

UNDATED – With certain state economies hurt more than others during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as Hawaii, which has a 9% unemployment rate, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst State Economies, as well as accompanying videos. In order to determine America’s top economic performers, WalletHub compared the 50 […]