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South Dakota's Job Creation Worthy of Continued Praise

By: Senator John Thune

July 16, 2010

South Dakota continues to be recognized nationally as a great place to live, work, and play.

Recently, the website ranked Lincoln County at the top of its list for the best places to live in the nation for job growth. From 2000 through 2009, the county experienced 67 percent job growth, the highest rate in the nation by nearly 10 percent. New jobs in Lincoln County, the report finds, are driven in large part by the retail and health care industries.

It is no coincidence that our state has attracted and inspired quality employers from large corporate businesses to small community stores. Numerous national groups have recognized South Dakota's friendly business climate, including Forbes Magazine, the Pacific Research Institute, and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council.

While credit is due in part to our state's business-friendly culture, even more recognition is due to our workforce. It is our people-even more than our policies-who continue to attract new jobs to the state. South Dakotans are hardworking, reliable employees, who constantly push the bounds of innovation in our state.

As the CNN Money study indicates, the creation of new jobs is an essential factor in developing outstanding quality of life for our families. The more South Dakota businesses continue to grow and prosper, the higher quality of life we all enjoy.

With good jobs and low unemployment, families across South Dakota are investing in their future-college funds, retirement savings, and home improvement.

As the nation continues to weather the difficult economic conditions it currently faces, South Dakota will continue to fight to keep well-paying, high-quality employment opportunities in our communities for years to come.