Sioux Falls, South Dakota – South Dakota greatly outpaced the national average and grew its bioscience jobs by 6.6 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to the recently released Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014 report.
The report, part of a biennial series, found the bioscience industry weathered the recession better than much of the private sector. While national private sector employment fell 3.1 percent between 2007 and 2012, national bioscience employment decreased only 0.4 percent.
“Unlike areas that lost jobs in bioscience during the recession, we grew by 6.6 percent,” said Joni Johnson, executive director of the South Dakota Biotech, the state affiliate of the international BIO organization. “That shows how we have come together in South Dakota to show how our state is the best place to do business in biotech.”