As you're deciding what to get those you love for "Happy Hearts Day," do you ever stop and think about what a boost your purchases and those like yours give South Dakota's economy? In honor of Valentine's Day, let's examine some South Dakota industries that help guide Cupid's arrows to their targets.
The numbers of employees and establishments are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), based on workers covered by unemployment insurance in the state. It excludes self-employed and unpaid family workers. Establishments are privately owned. The data are the annual averages for 2012. An ND indicates the data does not meet Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or state agency disclosure standards.
Gift, novelty and souvenir stores
Or visit a craft or hobby store for supplies to make a handmade card.
Hobby, toy and game stores
Nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing
Chocolate and confectionery manufacturing
Confectionery merchant wholesalers
An evening out
Motion picture theaters, except drive-ins
Or if you want to get away for more than a few hours, why not a mini-vacation to a local/area hotel, motel or bed and breakfast?
Jewelry merchant wholesalers
You could buy gift cards/certificates in many of the above industries or from a variety of additional places:
Other personal care services (e.g. day spa)
Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars (e.g. coffee shops, ice cream shops, etc.)
All other home furnishings stores (e.g. home furnishing stores, kitchenware stores, etc.)
Sporting goods stores
More Sweet Stats for Valentine's Day
Fifty-four percent of Americans (18 years and older) plan to celebrate Valentine's Day in 2014 according to a Valentine's Day spending survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights and Analytics. The survey results indicate Americans will spend $17.3 billion this year on their loved ones.
While sweethearts (spouses and significant others) top the list of recipients, others will feel the love as well.
More than half of gift-givers will express their affections with greeting cards; almost half will give candy.
Valentine's Day Sweet Stats flyer in Adobe .pdf format.