New statistics suggest a lot of people in parts of KOTA Territory are walking around with a little more spending money.
A new Wyoming Department of Workforce Services report shows the average weekly wage in Sheridan County jumped up $8 between last year's first quarter and the same time this year. The weekly wage also shot up $41 in neighboring Johnson County.
Sheridan County officials say this helps explain why sales tax revenue was up 12 percent this summer compared to the same time last year.
"It's between $200,000 and $300,000 more per month than what we saw last year at this time, and that would be county-wide," said administrative director Renee Obermueller.
Sheridan County actually lost 163 jobs, although the state's unemployment rate improved minimally.
Since the beginning of this year, South Dakota's unemployment rate's dropped from 4.3 to 3.8 percent.