Go to HHH home page.
Smart Politics
 


South Dakota Continues Record Unemployment Streak, Despite Uptick to 4.5 Percent

Bookmark and Share

The Mount Rushmore State has now gone more than 27 years without eclipsing the 5 percent jobless mark - best in the nation

The South Dakota Department of Labor announced the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly last month - up from 4.4 percent in October to 4.5 percent in November.

While the job markets of both South and North Dakota are well-known to have been least hit by the current recession, the Mount Rushmore State's healthy employment trend dates back decades.

A Smart Politics review of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics historical employment data finds South Dakota has now extended its best-in-the-nation streak of keeping its jobless rate from eclipsing 5.0 percent for a record 27 years and four months.

The last time South Dakota's jobless rate rose above 5 percent was July 1983, when it hit 5.2 percent - as it continued to drop from a peak of 6.0 percent during the recession of the early 1980s.

During the current recession, South Dakota peaked at 5.0 percent in May 2009.

And just how remarkable is this steady unemployment trend in South Dakota?

By comparison, 47 states and the District of Columbia all currently have unemployment rates over 5 percent.

Only South Dakota, Nebraska, and North Dakota are below the 5 percent mark.

Nebraska holds the second longest such streak in the nation. The Cornhusker State - with a 4.7 percent jobless rate in October - last passed the 5 percent unemployment mark 24 years and 6 months ago in April 1986 (5.1 percent).

North Dakota - which currently has the lowest jobless rate in the U.S. at 3.7 percent in October - has the third longest streak in the nation for holding its unemployment rate at or below 5 percent at 23 years (October 1987).

Nebraska and North Dakota will release their November employment numbers later this week.

South Dakota's unemployment rate for November is now 5.3 points less than that of the nation overall (9.8 percent) - tied for the state's second largest gap versus the nationwide average, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data dating back to January 1976.

Only the 5.5-point gap in October 2009 between South Dakota (4.7 percent) and the nation overall (10.2 percent) was larger.

There were also 5.3-point gaps in November and December 2009.

Follow Smart Politics on Twitter.

Previous post: Minneapolis Projected to End 2010 with 2nd Lowest Number of Homicides in 25 Years
Next post: U.S.-Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Differential at Largest Mark in 17 Years

Leave a comment


Remains of the Data

Which States Have the Longest and Shortest Election Day Voting Hours?

Residents in some North Dakota towns have less than half as many hours to cast their ballots as those in New York State.

Political Crumbs

No 100-Year Curse for Roberts

Defeating his Tea Party primary challenger Milton Wolf with just 48.1 percent of the vote, Pat Roberts narrowly escaped becoming the first elected U.S. Senator from Kansas to lose a renomination bid in 100 years. The last - and so far only - elected U.S. Senator to lose a Kansas primary was one-term Republican Joseph Bristow in 1914. Bristow was defeated by former U.S. Senator Charles Curtis who went on to win three terms before becoming Herbert Hoover's running mate in 1928. Only one other U.S. Senator from the Sunflower State has lost a primary since the passage of the 17th Amendment: Sheila Frahm in 1996. Frahm was appointed to fill Bob Dole's seat earlier that year and finished 13.2 points behind Sam Brownback in the three-candidate primary field. Overall, incumbent senators from Kansas have won 29 times against two defeats in the direct vote era. (Curtis also lost a primary in 1912 to Walter Stubbs, one year before the nation moved to direct elections).


The Second Time Around

Former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez became the seventh major party or second place gubernatorial candidate in Colorado to get a second chance at the office when he narrowly won his party's nomination last month. Two of the previous six candidates were successful. Democrat Alva Adams lost his first gubernatorial bid to Benjamin Eaton in 1884, but was victorious two years later against William Meyer. Democrat Charles Johnson placed third in 1894 behind Republican Albert McIntyre and Populist incumbent Governor David Waite but returned as the Fusion (Democrat/Populist) nominee in 1898 and defeated GOPer Henry Wolcott. Gubernatorial candidates who received a second chance but lost both general elections include Democrat Thomas Patterson (1888, 1914), Progressive Edward Costigan (1912, 1914), Republican Donald Brotzman (1954, 1956), and Republican David Strickland (1978, 1986).


more POLITICAL CRUMBS

Humphrey School Sites
CSPG
Humphrey New Media Hub

Issues />

<div id=
Abortion
Afghanistan
Budget and taxes
Campaign finances
Crime and punishment
Economy and jobs
Education
Energy
Environment
Foreign affairs
Gender
Health
Housing
Ideology
Immigration
Iraq
Media
Military
Partisanship
Race and ethnicity
Reapportionment
Redistricting
Religion
Sexuality
Sports
Terrorism
Third parties
Transportation
Voting