Economic development is on the rise across the country, especially for employers in South Dakota. According to CNBC
, the Mount Rushmore State was named the top state for business in 2013.
Here are the top five employers in the state:
Sanford Health is the largest employer in South Dakota. The health system is an integrated network of 43 hospitals, 22 long-term care facilities, 225 clinics, and 1,360 physicians. Sanford is also the largest employer in North Dakota. The two states combined employ more than 26,000 people.
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Nestled in the Black Hills is Ellsworth Air Force Base, home to 8,300 people, most of which are military members and civilian personnel. Ellsworth is also home to the 28th Bomb Wing and is one of only two B-1B bases in the world. The military base is considered the largest employer in the region and the second largest employer in the state of South Dakota, according to Military.com.
Tyson Foods, Inc., began processing meat in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arizona. Today it is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork.
Tyson operates worldwide with 300 facilities and offices. The Dakota Dunes location — Tyson Fresh Meats — is home to the fresh meat headquarters and an international sales office. Tyson also operates an office in Milbank that contains the information systems administration. The Fresh Meats Division has nearly 41,000 employees in 17 production sites in North America.
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Avera Health Services, a health ministry rooted in the gospel, employs 14,845 people in varying occupations and locations. The home office is located in Sioux Falls, with 300 locations total operating in 100 communities in South Dakota and nearby states. Avera serves a population of 1 million and 86 counties in the region, according to its website.
Citibank, located in Sioux Falls, employs just over 2,900 people. The financial giant moved to the state in 1981, altering the town overnight. Today, Citibank is considered the metro area "anchor" for 16,000 jobs in the area.
The bank assets of Citibank are more than $2.5 trillion — more than any other state in the country. South Dakota has become a choice state for many credit card companies due to the lax state laws regarding banking operations, according to the National Journal.
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