In July, Governor Kristi Noem claimed that breaking the record for America’s lowest unemployment rate in June proved that “South Dakotans are the hardest working folks I know.” One month later, that proof goes poof:
Preliminary estimates showed South Dakota’s unemployment rate rose by one-tenth of a percent to 1.9% overall for July.
New Hampshire ranked lowest among states at 1.7%, followed by Maryland and Vermont at 1.8%, according to seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [Bob Mercer, “Capitol Notebook: State’s Jobless Rate Rose in July,” KELO-TV, 2023.08.29].
Gee, the folks Kristi knows must have slacked off.
But hey: we’re still fourth in the nation for low unemployment… also known as a chronic workforce shortage.