USA Today ranked South Dakota midway of all states when it comes to creating jobs for 2014. Not bad but 23rd is a far cry from North Dakota's number one spot.
According to USA Today, North Dakota will create 15,902 new jobs this year, mostly due to the energy boom. While not the most number of jobs, per capita it was better than all other states, giving North Dakota a 3.57 percent job growth rate. The state projected to create the most jobs is Texas with 307,590.
South Dakota is projected to create 6,809 new jobs for a growth rate of 1.62 percent.
Benjamin Snow, Rapid City Economic Development Partnership president, believes projects like the Keystone Pipeline will help South Dakota economically catch up with other states. South Dakota, according to CNBC, already ranks first in business environment. "This is due to the states stable economy, it helps businesses have enough confidence to come to the state," Snow said.