PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The number of South Dakotans in nonfarm industries has grown very slightly since 2012.
The Department of Labor and Regulation figures show that the number of wage and salaried workers in 2013 rose 1.4 percent in the state. Nationally the rate has gone up 1.7 percent.
The South Dakota figures show more than three percent growth in retail trades and the leisure and hospitality industry.
But the mining, logging and construction industry lost 3.6 percent of its workers in the state. That industry saw a slight increase nationally.
The department views the figures as a sign that South Dakota is faring well in recovering from the recession.
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