Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

Snapshot of South Dakota's Economy

South Dakota and United States Labor Force
Seasonally Adjusted
Data Series May
2016
April
2016
May
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last
Year
South Dakota
Labor Force 454,700 454,500 452,300 0.0% 0.5%
Employment 443,100 443,100 437,800 0.0% 1.2%
Unemployment 11,600 11,400 14,500 1.8% -20.0%

Unemployment Rate

2.5% 2.5% 3.2%    
Data Series May
2016
April
2016
May
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last
Year
United States
Labor Force 158,466,000 158,924,000 157,367,000 -0.3% 0.7%
Employment 151,030,000 151,004,000 148,748,000 0.0% 1.5%
Unemployment 7,436,000 7,920,000 8,619,000 -6.1% -13.7%
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 5.0% 5.5%    
South Dakota Nonfarm Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
  May
2016
April
2016
May
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last
Year
Total Nonfarm 433,900 432,300 428,200 0.4% 1.3%
Mining, Logging & Construction 24,300 24,500 23,400 -0.8% 3.8%
Manufacturing 41,900 41,000 42,600 2.2% -1.6%
Wholesale Trade 21,400 21,600 21,100 -0.9% 1.4%
Retail Trade 54,700 54,500 52,800 0.4% 3.6%
Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 13,700 13,600 13,400 0.7% 2.2%
Information 6,000 6,100 5,900 -1.6% 1.7%
Financial Activities 30,500 29,900 29,600 2.0% 3.0%
Professional & Business Services 31,000 30,900 30,400 0.3% 2.0%
Educational & Health Services 71,000 70,200 69,200 1.1% 2.6%
Leisure & Hospitality 46,100 46,800 46,000 -1.5% 0.2%
Other Services 15,200 15,200 15,800 0.0% -3.8%
Government 78,100 78,000 78,000 0.1% 0.1%
Preliminary data; subject to revision. The published unemployment rate presented above may not equal the percentage calculated using the published unemployed and labor force figures presented above due to rounding.
Source: Labor Market Information Center, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
New Hires
  May
2016
April
2016
May
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last
Year
New Hires 20,427 17,024 19,412 20.0% 5.2%
Source: Unemployment Insurance Division, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

South Dakota Metro Area Labor Force
Seasonally Adjusted
Areas April
2016
March
2016
April
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last Year
Rapid City MSA
Labor Force 71,200 71,500 71,600 -0.4% -0.6%
Employment 69,200 69,500 69,100 -0.4% 0.1%
Unemployment 2,000 1,900 2,400 5.3% -16.7%
Unemployment Rate 2.8 2.7 3.4    
Sioux Falls MSA
Labor Force 147,000 148,900 143,300 -1.3% 2.6%
Employment 143,900 145,800 139,500 -1.3% 3.2%
Unemployment 3,100 3,100 3,800 0.0% -18.4%
Unemployment Rate 2.1 2.1 2.7    

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184