South Dakota declines federal unemployment aid, Noem Says They Don’t Need It

While several states are pushing for more federal aid, South Dakota is bucking the trend and saying they need less than offered.

South Dakota became the first state to turn down federal unemployment aid granted from an Executive order by President Trump.

Noem said they simply don’t need it because her state has been rebounding and workers are being rehired.

“Despite significant disfunction in Congress, President Trump continues to problem solve and provide great leadership during this recovery effort,” said Governor Noem.

“My administration is very grateful for the additional flexibility that this effort would have provided, but South Dakota is in the fortunate position of not needing to accept it. South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80% of our job losses. South Dakota is the only state in the nation that didn’t have extended benefits kick in because our insured unemployment rate has been the lowest in the nation. We have the third best housing construction market in the country. And many, many businesses are looking to relocate to South Dakota because of the decisions we made during the pandemic. South Dakota is open for business – that applies to our business owners and their employees.”