Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

Sioux Falls Metro Area Profile - Local Employment Dynamics (LED)

About the Sioux Falls Metro Area

In order to qualify as a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), an area must have at least one urbanized area with a population of 50,000 or more, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties. The Sioux Falls MSA consists of McCook, Minnehaha, Lincoln and Turner counties.

Sioux Falls MSA map


The following tables compare the area's total employment, new hires and average wages by age and gender for the fourth quarters of 2011 and 2012.

Total Employment

Total Employment: The estimate of the total number of jobs on the first day of the reference quarter.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, the Sioux Falls MSA's jobs totaled 136,980, an increase of 2.3 percent (3,027) jobs gained) from a year earlier. The Finance and Insurance sector gained the most jobs while the Information sector lost the most jobs over the year. The Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting sector had the greatest percentage leap with the addition of 65 jobs (18.7 percent rise), but the jobs in this sector make up only about 0.3 percent of total employment numbers for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Employment by Gender

In the Sioux Falls MSA, the workforce was 51 percent female and 49 percent male for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Pie Chart Showing Sioux Falls MSA Workforce by Gender

The 14 to 18 year group's 9.7 percent increase in employment levels was tops for the women. Most of these jobs were in the Retail Trade sector and the Accommodation and Food Services sector. At the other end of the age spectrum, the 65- to 99-year-olds' employment levels increased by 5.5 percent, good enough for second highest among the women's age groups. The 45 to 54 age group decreased slightly by 1 percent, the only women's group to decline. Many of the losses were in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector and the Educational Services sector in this age group.

Employment levels also increased for all but one of the male groups. With a 9.9 percent rise, total employment for the youngest age group (14-18) led the pack, with many of the job gains in the Retail Trade sector. Males 45 to 54 years decreased slightly by 0.4 percent with many of the job losses (63) occurring in the Construction sector.

Table Showing Sioux Falls MSA Total Employment by Gender

Hiring Activity

New Hires: The estimated number of workers who started a new job. More specifically, total hires who worked for an employer in the specified quarter and were not employed by that employer in any of the previous four quarters.

A comparison of the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011 shows overall new hire levels in the Sioux Falls MSA rose by 3.2 percent (gain of 593 new hires) over the year. New hire numbers in the Construction sector and the Finance and Insurance sector increased the most over the year. The Educational Services sector had the greatest decline in total new hires over the year.

Overall, new hires for women declined by seven, equaling a 0.1 percent fall. The greatest increases were in the Finance and Insurance, the Accommodation and Food Services and the Information sectors. The greatest declines were in the Educational Services, the Retail Trade, and the Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services sectors.

Women in the 35 to 44 year group had the greatest increase at 5.3 percent. Those in the 45 to 54 and 55 to 64 groups had the biggest declines, at 8.8 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.

Overall, new hires for men increased by 7 percent (600 new hires) over the year as they claimed the top seven spots. The bulk of the net gains were in the Construction, the Finance and Insurance, and the Accommodations and Food Service sectors. The greatest declines were in the Educational Services and the Wholesale Trade sectors.

Three groups registered double-digit percentage climbs: those 65 to 99 years (12 percent), 19 to 21 years (11 percent) and 25 to 34 years (10.1 percent). A 2 percent decrease in new hires for those in the 14 to 18 year group marked the lone decline on the male side.

Table Showing Sioux Falls MSA New Hires


Average monthly earnings: The average monthly earnings of employees with stable jobs (worked at the same firm for the entire quarter). Earnings measures are a mix of full-time and part-time jobs (not adjusted for hours).

In the Sioux Falls MSA, average monthly earnings increased by 5.2 percent over the year. All age groups' average monthly earnings increased.

Average earnings for women in the outlying age groups increased the most at 8.4 percent (14 to 18 years) and 7.8 percent (65 to 99 years). The 19- to 21-year-olds had the smallest earnings increase at 0.6 percent.

Average monthly earnings for males 55-64 years climbed by 12.2 percent over the year, the most for either gender. The smallest earnings increase was 1.2 percent for males 65 to 99 years old.

Table Showing Sioux Falls MSA Earnings

Sioux Falls MSA On The Map

The following graphics provide labor shed data (where people in the area live and work) for the Sioux Falls MSA. At the beginning of the second quarter in 2011 (most current data available), 87.5 percent of people who lived in the Sioux Falls MSA had a primary job in the MSA while 12.5 percent who lived in the MSA were employed outside of it. Of those employed in the area, 17.4 percent commute from outside the MSA. A primary job is the highest paying job for an individual worker. Primary jobs are public- and private-sector jobs, one job per worker.

Sioux Falls MSA


Sioux Falls MSA labor shed map

About the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Data

The LED partnership is the cornerstone of a program designed to develop new information about local labor markets. This partnership between state labor market information agencies and the Census Bureau supplies new measures known as Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI). The LED data compiled throughout this report by the U.S. Census Bureau is not reflective of labor market reports from other Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) programs.

Note: Federal government employment is not generally included in the QWI data. Exempted employment varies slightly from state to state due to variations in state unemployment laws, but generally also excludes many farmers and agricultural employees, domestic workers, self-employed non-agricultural workers, members of the Armed Services, some state and local government employees as well as certain types of nonprofit employers and religious organizations (which are given a choice of coverage or non-coverage in a number of states).

How is confidentiality addressed in the data?

The Census Bureau and the state partners are committed to protecting the confidentiality of the data in the LED files. Technically, the approach to avoid disclosure of individual information combines cell suppression methodology with the addition of statistical noise, controlling key measures to county employment levels as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You can easily access the LED data tools on the U.S. Census Bureau's website. The Labor Market Information Center's economic analysts are familiar with the tools and are available to assist you. Please contact us as needed for assistance.

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