But more Lake County residents are definitely working! The latest figures from the South Dakota Department of Labor show Lake County's unemployment rate dropping a whopping seven tenths of a percentage point, from 5.0% in August to 4.3% in September. That number is straight-up good any way you slice it: 75 people joined our workforce (now at 6,590), and 120 new jobs got filled (total jobs now 6,310). That means the number of unemployed folks dropped from 325 to 280.
Our neighbors in Brookings County fared just a tick better, with September unemployment dropping from 4.2% to 3.4%, with gains in both labor force and jobs.
Around the septa-county neighborhood, the unemployment rate dropped for everyone but Miner County, where unemployment stayed steady at 5.2%. Elsewhere:
- Kingsbury County: 4.4%, down from 4.9% in August, but labor force and jobs both shrank.
- McCook: 4.3%, down from 4.7% in August, labor force down five, jobs up five.
- Minnehaha: 4.2%, down from 4.5% in August, fewer workers, more jobs.
- Moody: 5.7%, down from 8.7% in August, fewer workers, more jobs.
Bonus Local Stat: Taxable sales in Lake County in August increased 6.9% over last year. What recession?