South Dakota minimum wage increases

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - South Dakota raised minimum wage from $8.65 to $8.85.

The wage goes up every year according to the consumer price index. This year it went up by 20 cents, which is a 1.9% increase.

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation says it can still be hard to make ends meet on this wage, but with a low unemployment rate, most employers will pay above $8.85.

"Because the unemployment rate has stayed around 1.8 and 2.0 percent , it's a very competitive market right now," said Fred Dieken, Assistant Manger for the South Dakota Labor and Regulation Department. "We have very few jobs listed at minimum wage."

The increase took affect on Jan. 1, and will apply to all South Dakota employers, with some limited exceptions.