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Women in Black Hills counties work at some of the nation's highest rates.
Women in Black Hills counties work at some of the nation's highest rates.
New York Times map
February 4, 2015

Black Hills Among Highest Rates For Women Working

Counties in the Black Hills region have among the highest rates of women working in the nation, although a few counties around the country exceed even the Black Hills' high rates, reports the New York Times

An interactive map included in the report shows that Butte County has the highest rate in the region, with 83 percent of women currently working. Statewide, a handful of counties top Butte County, and Miner County, at 91 percent, is among a handful of counties with the nation's very highest rates of women working.

According to the report: 

Female employment rates are notably high, especially compared with male rates, in New England and parts of the upper Midwest, which tend to be fairly well off. Female rates are also comparatively high in a swath of lower-income rural areas across the middle of the country. In all these places, education — the fact that women are now more educated than men — plays a big role in these contrasts.

Here's a look at the rates in each of the counties in the Black Hills region.

 COUNTY  RATE OF WOMEN WORKING
 Butte               83 %
 Lawrence               80 %
 Pennington               79%
 Meade               78 % 
 Custer

              76 %

 Fall River               73 %
 Shannon               49 %

 

Read more about Employment on the Black Hills Knowledge Network

 

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