Contact Us

Dakota Politicians Brag About Low Unemployment. One Rate Paints Darker Picture.

Image from Clipart

(NPN) — Political leaders from the Dakotas like to brag about having the lowest unemployment rates in the nation – 2.6 percent for North Dakota and 3.6 percent for South Dakota according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What they’re not saying, however, is that the rates for long-term unemployment in North and South Dakota are five to nine times the “official” unemployment rates.

According a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, 17.2 percent of South Dakota’s unemployed have not had employment for more than 27 weeks. In North Dakota, the state with the nation’s lowest unemployment rate – it is 19.6 percent. In other words, about 1 in 6 unemployed South Dakotans have not found work for nearly seven months.

And while the Dakotas lead the rest of the nation in lowest long-term unemployment rates, it is not a statistic that politicians like to mention.

EPI notes that the share of long term unemployed nationally is nearly twice the rate in the mid 2000s—18 percent in February 2007 to approximately 38 percent of the unemployed in December 2013.

The long term unemployment rates for other Northern Plains states according to EPI: Iowa, 21 percent; Minnesota, 26.8 percent; Montana, 24.6 percent; Nebraska, 27.8 percent and Wyoming, 21.4 percent.

New Jersey and the District of Columbia had the highest long-term unemployment rates at 46.6 percent of unemployed workers.

SURVEY: Is the First Lady Snubbing the Dakotas?

Best of 1000 KXRB

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kxrb.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KXRB Classic Country VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KXRB Classic Country VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.