South Dakota Still Has Highest Multiple Job Rate

The Upper Plains states have higher rates of multiple job employment than most other states in the nation for 2010. And, once again, South Dakota is at the top of the list.

I’m not sure how long South Dakota has been on top of the list, but I do recall seeing us in this same position within the last couple years.

Is it because people in the Great Plains are such hard workers that we can’t stand just having one job and then enjoying some free time? Is it because we’re underemployed? Under paid?

And should we just be thankful that there are multiple jobs available to people considering the economy in other parts of the nation?

Quite frankly, I don’t know. Any thoughts?

Here is an excerpt from the full report in the Monthly Labor Review:

From 2009 to 2010, the multiple jobholding rate decreased in 32 States and the District of Columbia, increased in 14 States, and was unchanged in 4 States. The annual average national multiple jobholding rate was 4.9 percent in 2010, 0.3 perceage point lower than a year earlier …

South Dakota recorded the highest rate of any state (10.3 percent),  followed by Nebraska (9.0 percent), North Dakota (8.9 percent), Wyoming (8.8 percent), and Vermont (8.7 percent). Most of the States with high multiple jobholding rates in 2010 have had consistently high rates over the time span during which estimates have been available.

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