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South Dakota Workforce and Education

Workforce & Education in South Dakota


Long-touted for its outstanding workforce, South Dakota continues to provide its companies with educated, available force. We boast rankings among the top in the nation when it comes to unemployment rates, have a higher-than-average labor participation rate, and are proud to be a right-to-work state. 

View our current and historical data on South Dakota's labor force, wages, earnings and employee benefits.


From elementary to higher education, South Dakota students shine. Our students receive the nation’s sixth-best SAT scores, our 12-K student-teacher ratio ranks among the top, and we offer our students a whole host of secondary education opportunities. Among them:

  • Public & Private Universities - South Dakota’s universities are continually evolving to meet the educational needs of tomorrow’s workforce. With expanded degree offerings, cross-continental collaboration opportunities, and sophisticated, state-of-the-art facilities, you will tap into the best and brightest workforce in the nation.
  • Technical Schools - South Dakota’s four technical institutes offer a wide variety of career opportunities from healthcare to computer technology, and manufacturing and mechanical trades to culinary arts.
  • Customized Training - Schools and technical training organizations provide customized training opportunities. Customized programs are developed in partnerships with the company or organization and are tailored to meet specific company training needs while utilizing the latest technology available.

For more details on higher education in South Dakota, visit the links below: