The job picture brightened in Brookings, too, where countywide unemployment dropped from March's 4.3% to April's 3.5. 190 more people started looking for work, and 335 new jobs appeared.
The rest of our neighbors saw good jobs news, too:
- Kingsbury: unemployment down 1.3 percentage points to 5.2%
- McCook: down 1.6 to 4.6%
- Miner: down 1.4 to 4.4%
- Minnehaha: down 0.9 to 4.6%
- Moody: down 1.7 to 5.4%
Now remember, April had spectacular weather, so we were able to get a lot of construction and farm work done. Let's hope May is keeping workers busy as well.
But watch out: if people keep getting jobs and the economy starts humming along again, what will happen to all that anti-incumbent sentiment Rod mentioned earlier today?