Governing ranks states by job growth for the first half of 2015. South Dakota is actually rocking out, with 2.0% job growth (8,400 new jobs) over the first six months of this year. That’s third place! Only Nevada and Utah are doing better, with 2.1% job growth.
Hmm… but didn’t we pass a minimum wage increase that was supposed to kill job growth?
Minnesota’s first-half job growth is less hot, just 0.8%. But remember, in raw numbers, that’s 23,100 new jobs… and odds are those jobs will pay more in Minnesota than in South Dakota (Minnesota’s annual mean wage is 29.5% higher than South Dakota’s).
North Dakota is one of only six states that lost jobs over the last six months, with the oil-price collapse causing a net loss of 6,600 jobs, 1.4% of where North Dakota stood at the end of 2014.