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Covered Workers & Annual Pay - 2010 Annual Summary

Government Industry Group

The Government industry group contains information on Federal, State and Local Governments. Tribal governments are included in local government. A change in federal law required Indian tribes to be classified similarly to state and local governments.

South Dakota Covered Workers and Pay
Government Industry Group
Industry Group, Industry and Subsector
Number of Establishments Average Number of Workers Annual Pay
Government 2,482 72,466 $36,267
  Federal Government 842 11,936 $55,562
   Federal Government 842 11,936 $55,562
  State Government 786 14,439 $41,184
   State Government Education 19 5,414 $46,476
   State Government, excluding Education 767 9,025 $38,008
  Local Government* 854 46,091 $29,730
   Local Government Education 221 24,640 $30,676
   Local Government, excluding Education and Local Tribal Government 547 13,494 $28,600
   Local Tribal Government excluding education 54 5,928 $27,528
  Local Tribal Government Education 32 2,029 $32,199

*Tribal government included in local government.
Totals may not add due to rounding.
Data subject to revision.
Produced by the Labor Market Information Center, South Dakota Department of Labor, in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Federal Government

The number of Federal Government workers continued to increase during 2010. This specific government sector added 287 workers, increasing 2.5 percent to a level of 11,936. Most of the worker growth was related to administration of stimulus funds and related activities. The annual pay level for federal government employees increased by 2.8 percent, resulting with a 2010 annual pay of $55,562.

Public Administration (NAICS 92) experienced an increase in workers, adding 91workers (1.9 percent). This gain was mainly focused within the Administration of Economic Programs (NAICS 926) subsector, including the addition of temporary workers hired to help conduct the 2010 Census. The annual pay increased by $1,698 (3.0 percent) to $57,453; the 2009 level was $55,755.

The industry sector which showed the highest gain in workers within federal government was
Finance and Insurance (NAICS 52). This sector gained 94 workers (83.9 percent), yet experienced an annual pay decrease of $9,930 (14.1 percent). This worker gain was focused mainly within the Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities (NAICS 523) subsector. It is important to know that a majority of this increase was mainly due to a non-economic code change, in which some employment was shifted from one establishment to another.

Other industries within federal government continue to be hindered by budget restraints, which contribute to the slow decline in workers over the years. Federal agencies are not necessarily cutting people, but when current employees leave or retire, various positions are not being refilled.

Federal Government graph

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State Government

State Government had an increase in workers in 2009, adding 138 employees (1.0 percent) over the year. Annual pay also increased in 2009 by 2.0 percent, bringing average annual pay up from $40,161 to $40,957.

Although State Government showed an overall worker increase in 2009, there were only four sectors which actually had notable gains over the year. These sectors include Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services (NAICS 56), Educational Services (NAICS 61), Healthcare and Social Assistance (NAICS 62) and Public Administration (NAICS 92).

The Administrative and Support, and Waste Management and Remediation Services (NAICS 56) sector added 20 workers (10.6 percent) but had a decrease in annual pay of $1,032 or 3.1 percent.

The Educational Services (NAICS 61) sector increased the most, with a growth of 48 workers (0.9 percent) and increased annual pay by 4.2 percent, bringing the 2009 annual pay to $46,346. The continuing increases in this sector can be attributed to the growth of South Dakota's university curriculum and research activities.

The Healthcare and Social Assistance (NAICS 62) sector added 40 workers (2.2 percent) and had a slight decrease in annual pay of $225 or 0.6 percent.

The Public Administration (NAICS 92) sector increased by 39 workers (0.8 percent) and had an annual pay increase of $195 or 0.5 percent.

State Government graph

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Local Government

Establishments within Local Government include tribal, city and county governments along with public and tribal school districts. Tribal motels and casinos are also included in Local Government. Overall in 2010, establishments added 595 workers (1.3 percent) and annual pay increased by $549 (1.9 percent).

Within Local Government, most of the worker growth can be attributed to two sectors: Education Services (NAICS 61) and Public Administration (NAICS 92).

Education Services (NAICS 61) added 254 workers (1.0 percent) and annual pay increased to $30,676 (1.8 percent). The majority of establishments within local government are owned by public school districts.

Public Administration (NAICS 92) added 312 workers (1.9 percent) for a 2010 level of 17,099 workers. Annual pay increased by 1.8 percent to $29,086. There are 507 establishments in this sector, holding relatively stable compared to the 2009 level of 508.

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing (NAICS 53) had an increase of 32 workers (6.9 percent), with annual pay increasing by $893 (3.0 percent) to $30,601.

The Health Care and Social Assistance (NAICS 62) sector had a small increase in employment, adding 28 workers (1.7 percent) in 2010. The 2010 annual pay for this sector continued to rise, showing an increase of $1,475 (5.5 percent) for a 2010 average of $28,205. The 2009 annual pay level was $26,730.

The Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (NAICS 71) sector experienced a decline of 42 workers (3.1 percent) during 2010. However, this sector increased the annual pay level by $259 (1.1 percent) for a 2010 level of $23,181. The 2009 annual pay level was $22,922.

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4505
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184