Ian Pike 4 p.m., March 9
SD unemployment drops, but job gains are slight
The county's unemployment rate dropped to 8.4% in September from 9% in August, according to the state Employment Development Department. However, the county gained only 200 jobs in the month. The big gainer was local government, up 4,100 jobs, but that reflected a seasonal gain in education jobs. Between September 2011 and September 2012, jobs rose 28,000.