Marketwatch looks at some data from job-search site Indeed.com and declares South Dakota one of the states workers hate:
Marketwatch misleads with that heading. Indeed.com's data simply show the percentage of job seekers in each state who search for jobs on Indeed.com in other states. Indeed.com has no metrics on worker animus toward their current states. I can attest that it is entirely possible to love one's home state yet be obliged by personal and economic conditions to seek employment in another state.
But out of all states and D.C., South Dakota has the seventh-highest percentage of in-state job seekers who search out-of-state listings for job opportunities. Using Marketwatch's terminology, let's compare how many workers want to escape from other states in our region, as well as how many from elsewhere would like to come to our state:
|State||% in-state seeking
|% of job seekers
Indeed's 42.4% is probably inflated by a skewed sample. Small-town folks (and that's pretty much everyone in South Dakota, even you Phillips Avenue loftsters) with no thought of leaving town aren't looking at national job-search engines for jobs; they're asking their sister-in-law if the elevator is hiring. But Indeed likely misses similar samples of forever-hometowners in every state. Subtract 5 or 10 points from everybody, and the relative scores stay the same.
That said, note that Minnesota has significantly lower percentages than South Dakota of locals looking for jobs elsewhere and elsewherians seeking jobs in-state. Those difference suggest that Minnesotans see more job opportunities in Minnesota than South Dakotans see in South Dakota.
Minnesotans do make up the largest portion of out-state job seekers looking at the South Dakota want ads, but far more Minnesotans search in Wisconsin (the most popular choice among Minnesotan seekers), California, Texas, Florida, and North Dakota. When South Dakotans look abroad for work, they look first to Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, and North Dakota. We look out-state more often, but we don't look as far away as wanderlusting Minnesotans.