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Covered Workers & Annual Pay - 2011 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 2001 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
2011
Industry Group, Industry and Subsector
Number of Establishments Average Number of Workers Annual Pay
Government 2,483 71,864 $36,880
  Federal Government 834 11,529 $58,754
   Federal Government 834 11,529 $58,754
  State Government 799 14,434 $41,212
   State Government Education 22 5,511 $46,191
   State Government, excluding Education 777 8,923 $38,138
  Local Government* 850 45,901 $30,023
   Local Government Education 218 24,447 $30,803
   Local Government, excluding Education and Local Tribal
     Government
549 13,438 $29,160
   Local Tribal Government excluding education 51 5,972 $28,000
  Local Tribal Government Education 32 2,044 $32,290

*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 and Regulation, in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Federal Government

The number of Federal Government workers decreased by 407 (3.4 percent) during 2011. The Federal Government workforce dropped to an employment level of 11,529. The average annual pay for federal government employees had an increase of $3,192 (5.7 percent), which brings the average pay to $58,754 for 2011 compared to $55,562 in 2010.

The industry sector which showed the greatest loss within the federal government was Public Administration (NAICS 92). This sector lost 460 workers (9.2 percent) from 2010 to 2011. The annual pay increased to $63,049 (9.7 percent) in 2011, compared to $57,453 in 2010.

Transportation and Warehousing (NAICS 48-49) experienced a decrease of 58 workers (2.7 percent). The annual pay for this subsector under the Federal Government industry increased from $46,499 in 2010 to $48,211 (3.7 percent) in 2011.

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (NAICS 71) had a decrease of 14 workers (4.1 percent). The annual pay had an increase of $1,525 (4.0 percent). Annual pay for 2011 was $39,577, an increase from the average of $38,052 in 2010.

Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45) experienced a decrease in workers in 2011. This subsector decreased by 5 workers (3.6 percent). The annual pay increased from $21,507 in 2010 to $22,677 (5.4 percent) in 2011.

Other Services (except Public Administration) (NAICS 81) showed the largest increase in annual pay in the Federal Government industry. This subsector experienced an annual pay increase of $8,725 (26.3 percent) in 2011. Despite the large annual pay increase, they experienced an increase of one worker (5.3 percent) in 2011.

Health Care and Social Assistance (NAICS 62) experienced an annual pay increase to a level of $63,021 in 2011 compared to $61,321 in 2010 (a 2.8 percent increase). The Health Care and Social Assistance subsector showed an increase of 89 workers (2.7 percent).

Finance and Insurance (NAICS 52) had an annual pay decrease for 2011 in the amount of $676 (1.1 percent). Annual pay was $60,502 in 2010 compared to $59,826 in 2011. The employee levels have shown an increase of 28 workers (13.6 percent).

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 remained relatively stable in 2011, with a drop of five employees (0.0 percent) over the year. Annual pay had a small increase in 2011 of 0.1 percent, bringing average annual pay up from $41,184 in 2010 to $41,212.

Although State Government showed an overall worker decrease in 2011, there were only three sectors which had notable losses over the year. These sectors include Information (NAICS 51), Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (NAICS 54) and Public Administration (NAICS 92).

The Information sector (NAICS 51) had a loss of 14 workers (8.3 percent) but had an increase of $1,016 (2.5 percent) in annual pay. The 2011 annual pay was $41,003 compared to $39,987 in 2010.

The Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sector (NAICS 54) decreased by 17 workers (3.3 percent) from 2010 to 2011 and had an increase in annual pay. The annual pay increased by $347 (0.7 percent) for an average salary of $48,561 in 2011.

The Public Administration sector (NAICS 92) decreased by 32 workers (0.6 percent) and had an annual pay increase of $49 (0.1 percent). The 2011 average annual pay was $39,284 compared to $39,235 in 2010.

The Educational Services sector (NAICS 61) was the only sector to have a notable increase in worker growth, up by 97 workers (1.8 percent) from 2010 to 2011. Annual pay (at $46,476 in 2010) decreased by 0.6 percent, bringing the 2011 pay to $46,191. The continuing increases in this sector can be attributed to the growth of South Dakota's university curriculum and research activities.

Line graph comparing South Dakota worker levels in State Government in 2010 and 2011

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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 2011, Local Government establishments decreased by 189 workers (0.4 percent), and annual pay rose by $292 (1.0 percent).

Within Local Government, most of the worker loss during 2011 can be attributed to the Education Services (NAICS 61) sector. Construction (NAICS 23) had an increase in annual pay of $849 (9.3 percent) and a decrease of 4 workers.

Transportation and Warehousing (NAICS 48-49) had a decrease of five workers (6.3 percent) but had an increase in annual pay of $1,008 (5.6 percent). Information (NAICS 51) had a 6.1 percent increase in employment and a decrease of 9.0 percent or $3,149 in annual pay.

Worker levels in Finance and Insurance (NAICS 52) remained stable, yet annual pay increased by $1,182 (4.1 percent). Real Estate and Rental and Leasing (NAICS 53) had a decrease of 14 workers (2.8 percent), with annual pay also decreasing by $318 (1.0 percent). Annual pay for 2011 was $30,283 compared to $30,601 in 2010.

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (NAICS 54) remained stable in employment levels but had a large increase in annual pay of $3,459 (9.4 percent). The average annual pay for 2011 was $40,241 compared to $36,782 in 2010.

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services (NAICS 56) employment levels remained relatively stable, with a decrease in annual pay of $3,732 (16.3 percent).

Education Services (NAICS 61) saw a decrease of 193 workers (0.8 percent). Annual pay increased by 0.4 percent for a 2011 level of $30,803. The majority of establishments within local government are owned by public school districts.

The Health Care and Social Assistance sector (NAICS 62) had a small increase in employment, adding 15 workers (0.9 percent) in 2011. The annual pay for this sector continued to rise in 2011, showing a small increase of $82 (0.3 percent). Annual pay for 2011 was $28,287 compared to $28,205 in 2010.

The Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector (NAICS 71) had a small decrease of six workers (0.5 percent). However, annual pay increased by $403 (1.7 percent), up from $23,181 in 2010 to $23,584 in 2011.

Other Services (except Public Administration) (NAICS 81) had a decrease of eight workers (47.1 percent) and had a large $11,422 decrease (37.1 percent) in annual pay to $19,344. The majority of this decrease in pay occurred in the Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional and Similar Organizations subsector.

Public Administration (NAICS 92) lost 13 workers (0.1 percent) for a 2011 average of 17,085 workers. Annual pay increased by 2.0 percent to $29,683. There were 508 establishments in this sector in 2011, increasing by just one from 2010.

Line graph comparing South Dakota covered worker levels in Local Government in 2010 and 2011

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