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South Dakota unemployment fee drops under pre-pandemic ranges, Gov. Noem proclaims

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South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem touted her state’s low unemployment fee in a Friday afternoon tweet, noting it’s pre-pandemic standing as she refused to shut companies regardless of spiking coronavirus instances.

“South Dakota’s unemployment fee dropped to three.0% in December,” the Republican governor wrote. “That is decrease than it was BEFORE the pandemic.”

Noem, an avid Trump supporter, made headlines final spring when she refused to implement stay-at-home orders within the Mount Rushmore State, telling reporters throughout an April press briefing that “South Dakota just isn’t New York Metropolis.”

Although South Dakota, the fifth least populist state within the U.S., has had far fewer instances than New York – which has had one and a half occasions as many instances of coronavirus than all the inhabitants of South Dakota – they’ve additionally carried one of many worst an infection charges within the nation.

South Dakota at the moment has a complete an infection fee of over 12,000 instances per each 100,000 folks, in keeping with information collected by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

Neom’s state noticed one of many largest outbreaks of work-place transmitted coronavirus instances when almost 1,300 workers on the Smithfield meatpacking facility in Sioux Falls examined optimistic for COVID-19 final 12 months. 


However Noem has rejected the damaging consideration introduced on by her state’s an infection fee, calling the conclusions “demonstrably false,” in a December briefing.

“Many within the media criticized this strategy, labeling me ill-informed, a ‘denier’, and reckless,” Noem advised reporters. “Some have even asserted that South Dakota is ‘as unhealthy because it will get anyplace on the earth’ in relation to COVID-19, a demonstrably false assertion.”

In response to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Dakota has the third-best unemployment fee within the nation, behind Nebraska and Vermont.

Vermont, which got here second within the nation’s lowest unemployment fee, did implement strict coronavirus measures and has additionally seen the bottom an infection fee within the nation, with lower than 1,700 instances of coronavirus per each 100,000 folks.


Vermont enforced stay-at-home orders, masks mandates, and selected to reopen the state slowly. The state’s means to take care of a low an infection fee has additionally meant they may hold their keep operating.

Fox Information couldn’t instantly attain the South Dakota governor’s workplace for remark.


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