By Barrett Phillips
The Black Hills region's job growth is slower than South Dakota as a whole.
This trend is counter to what was happening a decade ago, when Black Hills jobs were being added faster than the statewide rate, according to data analyzed by the Black Hills Knowledge Network.
When the recession hit in 2008 and 2009, the Black Hills job growth fared better than the state average, although every year since the Black Hills has fallen behind.
There are some exceptions: Regional Health, one of the largest employers in the Black Hills, is seeing job growth trends that are more in line with the state average. Regional Health added more than 200 new jobs in the last five years, 72 in the past year alone.