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 March
2016
February 2016 March
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last
Year
South Dakota
Labor Force 454,500 454,500 451,600 0.0% 0.6%
Employment 442,900 442,200 437,000 0.2% 1.4%
Unemployment 11,600 12,300 14,600 -5.7% -20.5%

Unemployment Rate

2.5% 2.7% 3.2%    
United States
Labor Force 159,286,000 158,890,000 156,890,000 0.2% 1.5%
Employment 151,320,000 151,074,000 148,333,000 0.2% 2.0%
Unemployment 7,966,000 7,815,000 8,557,000 1.9% -6.9%
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 4.9% 5.5%    
South Dakota Nonfarm Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
  March
2016
February 2016 March
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last
Year
Total Nonfarm 432,300 432,300 427,900 0.0% 1.0%
Mining, Logging & Construction 24,300 23,700 23,500 2.5% 3.4%
Manufacturing 41,400 41,500 42,900 -0.2% -3.5%
Wholesale Trade 21,700 21,700 21,100 0.0% 2.8%
Retail Trade 54,800 54,800 52,700 0.0% 4.0%
Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 13,400 13,400 13,300 0.0% 0.8%
Information 6,000 5,900 5,900 1.7% 1.7%
Financial Activities 29,800 29,900 29,600 -0.3% 0.7%
Professional & Business Services 31,000 31,600 30,500 -1.9% 1.6%
Educational & Health Services 70,000 69,700 69,000 0.4% 1.4%
Leisure & Hospitality 46,900 47,100 45,900 -0.4% 2.2%
Other Services 15,300 15,400 15,800 -0.6% -3.2%
Government 77,700 77,600 77,700 0.1% 0.0%
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
New Hires 15,619 14,994 13,309 4.2% 17.4%
Source: Unemployment Insurance Division, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
South Dakota Metro Area Labor Force
Seasonally Adjusted
Areas March 2016 February
2016
March
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last Year
Rapid City MSA
Labor Force 71,400 71,400 71,600 0.0% -0.3%
Employment 69,500 69,400 69,200 0.1% 0.4%
Unemployment 1,900 2,100 2,400 -9.5% -20.8%
Unemployment Rate 2.7 2.9 3.4    
Sioux Falls MSA
Labor Force 149,000 149,500 143,700 -0.3% 3.7%
Employment 145,900 146,100 139,700 -0.1% 4.4%
Unemployment 3,100 3,400 3,900 -8.8% -20.5%
Unemployment Rate 2.1 2.3 2.7    

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