South Dakota unemployment rate drops below pre-pandemic levels, Gov. Noem announces

South Dakota unemployment rate drops below pre-pandemic levels, Gov. Noem announces

South
Dakota Republican
Gov.
Kristi
Noem
touted
her
state’s
low
unemployment
rate
in
a
Friday
afternoon
tweet,
noting
it’s
pre-pandemic
standing
as
she
refused
to
close
businesses
despite
spiking

coronavirus
cases.

“South
Dakota’s
unemployment
rate
dropped
to
3.0%
in
December,”
the
Republican
governor
wrote.
“That’s
lower
than
it
was
BEFORE
the
pandemic.”

Noem,
an
avid
Trump
supporter,
made
headlines
last
spring
when
she
refused
to
enforce
stay-at-home
orders
in
the
Mount
Rushmore
State,
telling
reporters
during
an
April
press
briefing
that
“South
Dakota
is
not
New
York
City.”

Though
South
Dakota,
the
fifth
least
populist
state
in
the
U.S.,
has
had
far
fewer
cases
than
New
York

which has
had
one
and
a
half
times
as
many
cases
of
coronavirus
than
the
entire
population
of
South
Dakota

they
have
also
carried
one
of
the
worst
infection
rates
in
the
country.

South
Dakota
currently
has
a
total
infection
rate
of
over
12,000
cases
per
every
100,000
people,
according
to

data
collected
by
the
Centers
for
Disease
Control
and
Prevention.

Neom’s
state
saw
one
of
the
largest
outbreaks
of
work-place
transmitted
coronavirus
cases
when

nearly
1,300
employees
at
the
Smithfield meatpacking
facility
in
Sioux
Falls
tested
positive
for
COVID-19
last
year. 

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But
Noem
has
rejected
the
negative
attention
brought
on
by
her
state’s
infection
rate,
calling
the
conclusions
“demonstrably
false,”
in
a
December

briefing.

“Many
in
the
media
criticized
this
approach,
labeling
me
ill-informed,
a
‘denier’,
and
reckless,”
Noem
told
reporters.
“Some
have
even
asserted
that
South
Dakota
is
‘as
bad
as
it
gets
anywhere
in
the
world’
when
it
comes
to
COVID-19,
a
demonstrably
false
statement.”

According
to
the
U.S.
Bureau
of
Labor
Statistics,
South
Dakota
has
the
third-best
unemployment
rate
in
the
country,
behind
Nebraska
and
Vermont.

Vermont,
which
came
second
in
the
country’s
lowest
unemployment
rate,
did
enforce
strict
coronavirus
measures
and
has
also
seen
the
lowest
infection
rate
in
the
country,
with
less
than
1,700
cases
of
coronavirus
per
every
100,000
people.

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Vermont
enforced
stay-at-home
orders,
mask
mandates,
and
chose
to
reopen
the
state
slowly.
The
state’s
ability
to
maintain
a
low
infection
rate
has
also
meant
they
could
keep
their
stay
running.

Fox
News
could
not
immediately
reach
the
South
Dakota
governor’s
office
for
comment.

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