South Dakota Unemployment Rate Drops Below Pre-Pandemic Levels, Gov. Noem Announces

Steven Ahle

South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has announced that the unemployment rate in South Dakota has dropped to just 3% despite the fact they have one of the highest growth rates by percentage in the country.

By percentage, South Dakota ranks fourth in increased population thanks to their no lockdown policies. The unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the pandemic.

The GOP governor resisted the Draconian lockdowns adhered to by Democratic governors. Noem allowed the state to stay open even as cases of the disease rose during that period. In all, just 1,696 died of the disease in the state. By comparison, New York lost over 1 million jobs due to the lockdown. California that has one of the most stringent lockdowns in the country has seen it’s infection rate skyrocket.


South Dakota GOP Governor Kristi Noem’s rejection of instituting draconian “lockdowns” because of the coronavirus seems to be bearing fruit. In a survey conducted by United Van Lines in January that tracked customers’ 2020 state-to-state migration patterns, South Dakota ranked fourth in the nation, virtually tied for second behind the state of Idaho.

“Black Hills area realtors and builders say there’s an influx of people who are relocating permanently or buying land in the region — and the trend isn’t expected to slow anytime soon. Newcomers from California, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Texas, Michigan, Colorado and Virginia along with Minnesota, North Dakota and Wyoming. NOW IN OUR 2020 PRESIDENTIAL POLL

Noem made national headlines when she refused to follow instructions on what rules to put into place at the Mount Rushmore event that caused no spike in the numbers. She refused to issue stay at home policies during the event as demanded by the media and Democrats across the country. She told the press, “South Dakota is not New York City.”

From Fox News

But Noem has rejected the negative attention brought on by her state’s infection rate, calling the conclusions “demonstrably false,” in a December briefing.

“Many in the media criticized this approach, labeling me ill-informed, a ‘denier’, and reckless,” Noem told reporters. “Some have even asserted that South Dakota is ‘as bad as it gets anywhere in the world’ when it comes to COVID-19, a demonstrably false statement.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Dakota has the third-best unemployment rate in the country, behind Nebraska and Vermont. (Click to Source)

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