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A person walks past a "Join our team today!" sign posted at a UPS store on Feb. 2, 2023, in Los Angeles. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Job growth exceeds economists’ expectations as unemployment inches up

BY: - September 3, 2023

The labor market is stable and healthy, economists and policy experts say, although the unemployment rate ticked up in the month of August. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report released Friday showed that unemployment rose to 3.8% in August from 3.5% in July. Meanwhile the economy added 187,000 jobs, above expectations of 170,000 jobs from […]

Amazon Public Relations Manager Scott Seroka explains a sorting system during a tour of the company's Sioux Falls fulfilment center on Feb. 16, 2023. (John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight)

Gov. Noem touts record low unemployment; also presided over the highest

BY: - February 16, 2023

By two measures, Gov. Kristi Noem has presided over South Dakota’s lowest – and highest – unemployment rate. One of those metrics is the number of tax forms sent in January to those who’ve received certain kinds of government assistance in the previous year. That assistance includes things like agricultural payments, taxable grants or unemployment […]