Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - News

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 8, 2013
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605-773-3094

South Dakota Ranks 12th in the Nation for Personal Income

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's growth in personal income from 2000 to 2011
surpassed the growth rate for both the region and the nation. South Dakota's personal income grew by 82.5 percent, compared to a rate of 51.4 percent for the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Since 2000, South Dakota's per capita personal income has increased by 67.4 percent. South Dakota's per capita personal income of $44,217 in 2011 ranks 12th of the 50 states.

State Labor and Regulation Secretary Pam Roberts said, "In 2009, during the midst of the recession, we were ranked 22nd. In just a few short years, South Dakota has improved dramatically."

South Dakota has also performed well economically in recent years based on the BEA per capita disposable personal income measure. This measure represents the amount the average person has available for saving or for consumption.

"South Dakota's per capita disposable personal income in 2011 was $41,133,"
Secretary Roberts said. "This ranked the state 10th in the nation, a healthy climb from our 35th ranking in 2000."

The 2011 rank of 10th indicates the average South Dakota resident had more money available for household spending than the residents in 40 other states.

For more information on South Dakota's comparative performance in economic
measures available from BEA, read the current issue of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation's monthly South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin at

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