Labor Day in South Dakota

Sep 2, 2020

Labor Day is dedicated to the achievements of American workers. But unlike most holidays, it is a nebulous celebration without shared rituals, except for maybe camping out or a family barbeque. For many of us growing up, it simply meant summer has come to an end.

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Do you ever feel like economic forces are conspiring to keep you from getting ahead?

Joe Santos is back for this week's Morning Macro - a crash course in economic literacy.

Santos discusses the revolution in macroeconomic policy that impacts wage growth and unemployment rates even today.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A coalition of Sioux Falls area leaders is setting priorities for workforce. Business, education, government, and community stakeholders are applying national and local economic data to develop a plan for sustainability. 

Forward Sioux Falls and a company called Market Street services collected data for six months. The information spans across platforms: innovation, economic performance, workforce capacity, quality of life, business environment, labor market, public education, technical programs and higher ed.

Governor Touts Scolarship To Fix Labor Shortage

Jan 13, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

Governor Dennis Daugaard says the state needs to do more to keep qualified workers in South Dakota.    The state is short on trained workers in key areas, like welders, electricians, plumbers and even teachers.   
Many workers in these fields migrate to surrounding states where wages are higher.    
Governor Daugaard says South Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.   But, he says the worker shortage makes it difficult for businesses to expand.

Bill Seeks to Change Child Labor Restrictions

Feb 12, 2014

Children 14 and younger could receive more flexibility entering the workforce after House Bill 1132 cleared its first hurdle. Under current law, children younger than 14 are not allowed to work when public schools are in session. House Bill 1132 seeks to change that definition to, the child’s own school rather than public school. That way, businesses consider home, private, and parochial schools’ schedules when scheduling workers. Monica Tanner with the South Dakota Christian Home Educators says it allows flexibility with changing schedules.

A Push For Vote On Minimum Wage

Sep 3, 2013

A coalition of groups is backing a referendum petition to raise the minimum wage in South Dakota.  The proposal calls for a raise from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour with annual cost of living increases.

Zach Crago is with the South Dakota Democratic Party.   He is among those organizing the petition drive.   Crago says South Dakotans have a fantastic work ethic, but one 40-hour-a-week job at minimum wage won’t pay the bills.

April Unemployment Figures

May 20, 2013

South Dakota Labor Secretary Pam Roberts talked about the extended unemployment and labor statistics for April which were made available last week.

Personal Income Growth in SD

Mar 13, 2013

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), South Dakota's personal income from 2000-2011 surpassed the growth rate for both the region and the nation.  South Dakota's personal income grew by 82.5% compared to a rate of 51.4% for the nation.  Since 2000, South Dakota's per capita personal income has increased by 67.4%.  South Dakota Labor Secretary Pam Roberts discussed the healthy climbs.

Labor Shortage Paves Way For Tax Break

Feb 13, 2013

A bill to exempt educational facilities from property tax overcame its first hurdle in the state legislature.

Senate Bill 199 gives a tax break to vocational schools and other learning facilities. Some of the schools are run by labor unions.  They help electricians, welders and other skilled laborers get accreditation and training.