In a press release received by Governor Kristi Noem’s office:
By Governor Kristi Noem
December 31, 2021
As we approach our third year of life during a pandemic, mall americans to feel trapped on a merry-go-round of COVID variants and mandates. In contrast, South Dakotans should see cheeky with hope to the possibilities of the future.
I expect another year of steady growth in 2022 for our state. Last year our economy became the strongest in the America as we lead the nation in pandemic recovery and a host of other factors. Record tourism figures have driven incomes to historic highs as the capacity of flooded crowds businesses and communities. Meanwhile, unemployment rates have fallen below pre-pandemic levels.
As a result of our state’s actions during the pandemic, South Dakota has become one of the 10 fastest growing states in the country. Our population has grown at a rate nine times faster than the nationgrowth rate of Last year, based to we Census Bureau data.
With growing businesses and new businesses are moving into the state, we have so many open jobs that it would take more than 28,000 people to fill them all. Bornbarely a quarter of those the places available are in skilled and well-paid health care works.
All these available jobs Have gave workers new bargaining power as they compete for higher wages and jobs that offer better opportunities for work-life balance. Many people have got on the fast track to better career opportunities. A recent study found that South Dakota is the nation’s No.1 state for graduation rates in associate’s degree programs.
While other states face Economic collapse, we have maintained our status as a business-friendly state by making resources available, keeping taxes low, and ensuring that South Dakota continue to Make it’s easy forr anyone to start a business. We stayed focused on financial accountability, using one-time dollars to support capital projects that will strengthen our state for decades into the future. We invested to finish connecting the entire state to high-speed Internet. And we are To take part to solve problems with labor housing, child care and water infrastructure to prepare our state for sustained growth.
The country faces serious economic challenges in 2022. But because South Dakota Expresswayed solutions and took an extremely conservative path in funding these solutions, we can approach this new year with unbridled optimism.
To do not let misfortune become your fault in the new year. Choose to believe in the possibilities of success and let hope guide you to positive results this coming year.