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November 2014 South Dakota statewide data just released

Note: The following data release includes November 2014 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of November 2014 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be on Dec. 24, with the publication of the South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. November 2014 not seasonally adjusted data will also be published in the historical data bases of labor force and nonfarm wage and salaried worker data at that time. Seasonally adjusted November 2014 labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas will be available Dec. 30, 2014.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the November 2014 South Dakota labor force up over the month, with the level of employed increasing by 1,500 (0.3 percent). The level of unemployed decreased by 100 (0.7 percent).

Nationally, the unemployment rate held at 5.8 percent, and the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 9.1 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.2 percentage points and 1.7 million, respectively.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  November 2014   October 2014
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 156,397,000 147,287,000 9,110,000 5.8% 156,278,000 147,283,000 8,995,000 5.8%
South Dakota 452,700 438,000 14,700 3.3% 451,300 436,500 14,800 3.3%

South Dakota's November 2014 labor force of 452,700 increased compared to the November 2013 level of 448,500. The level of employed increased by 5,600 (1.3 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 1,400 persons (8.7 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  November 2014   November 2013
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 156,397,000 147,287,000 9,110,000 5.8% 155,284,000 144,443,000 10,841,000 7.0%
South Dakota 452,700 438,000 14,700 3.3% 448,500 432,400 16,100 3.6%

The unemployment rate represents the number of unemployed as a percent of the labor force. People are classified as unemployed if they do not have jobs, have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks and are currently available for work. People who were not working and were waiting to be recalled to jobs from which they were temporarily laid off are also included as unemployed.

Note: 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.

Nonfarm wage & salaried workers

The November 2014 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level decreased by 1,400 workers (0.3 percent) to a level of 421,100.

Over the year, the total seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 3,000 workers (0.7 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the manufacturing (1,800 workers or 4.3 percent), wholesale trade (1,200 workers or 6.1 percent) and professional and business services (500 workers or 1.7 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
November*
2014
October
2014
November
2013
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 421,100 422,500 418,100 -0.3 0.7
Mining, Logging & Construction 21,400 22,400 21,300 -4.5 0.5
Manufacturing 43,200 42,900 41,400 0.7 4.3
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 83,900 84,000 83,400 -0.1 0.6
  Wholesale Trade 20,900 21,000 19,700 -0.5 6.1
  Retail Trade 50,600 50,500 51,300 0.2 -1.4
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 12,400 12,500 12,400 -0.8 0.0
Information 6,300 6,300 6,200 0.0 1.6
Financial Activities 29,900 29,800 30,000 0.3 -0.3
Professional & Business Services 30,200 30,300 29,700 -0.3 1.7
Educational & Health Services 67,700 67,600 68,300 0.1 -0.9
Educational Services  7,800 7,800 7,600 0.0 2.6
   Health Care & Social Assistance 59,900 59,800 60,700 0.2 -1.3
Leisure & Hospitality 43,400 43,800 44,400 -0.9 -2.3
Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,700 16,500 15,900 1.2 5.0
Government 78,400 78,900 77,500 -0.6 1.2
  Federal Government 11,200 11,200 11,100 0.0 0.9
  State Government 18,600 18,500 18,500 0.5 0.5
  Local Government 48,600 49,200 47,900 -1.2 1.5

The table above shows the seasonally adjusted data. A table displaying the not seasonally adjusted data can be found below. Visit our technical notes Web page for an explanation of seasonal adjustment.

Over the month, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level decreased by 3,700 workers (0.9 percent) from October 2014 to November 2014.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 3,500 workers (0.8 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the manufacturing (1,800 workers or 4.3 percent), wholesale trade (1,400 workers or 7.1 percent) and other services (800 workers or 5.0 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
November*
2014
October
2014
November
2013
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 422,200 425,900 418,700 -0.9 0.8
Mining, Logging & Construction 22,200 24,200 22,200 -8.3 0.0
Manufacturing 43,400 43,200 41,600 0.5 4.3
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 84,900 84,300 83,900 0.7 1.2
  Wholesale Trade 21,100 21,300 19,700 -0.9 7.1
  Retail Trade 51,300 50,300 51,800 2.0 -1.0
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 12,500 12,700 12,400 -1.6 0.8
Information 6,300 6,300 6,200 0.0 1.6
Financial Activities 29,700 29,700 29,800 0.0 -0.3
Professional & Business Services 29,800 30,100 29,400 -1.0 1.4
Educational & Health Services 68,200 67,800 68,800 0.6 -0.9
Educational Services  8,200 8,100 8,000 1.2 2.5
   Health Care & Social Assistance 60,000 59,700 60,800 0.5 -1.3
      Hospitals 23,900 23,900 23,700 0.0 0.8
Leisure & Hospitality 41,500 43,500 42,200 -4.6 -1.7
Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,700 16,600 15,900 0.6 5.0
Government 79,500 80,200 78,700 -0.9 1.0
  Federal Government 11,100 11,200 11,000 -0.9 0.9
  State Government 19,300 19,400 19,200 -0.5 0.5
  Local Government 49,100 49,600 48,500 -1.0 1.2

*Note: All November 2014 data in the tables and narrative above is preliminary and subject to revision.

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in November 2014, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available Dec. 24 in the South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin published on this website. To view the current e-Labor Bulletin, click on the large "e" on our home page or subscribe to receive an email notice when a new edition is available.

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Overview of the labor market in October

Labor Supply

The number of South Dakotans who would be available to staff a new or expanding business, or South
Dakota's labor supply, was estimated at 49,495
in October 2014. Included in this labor supply are those who currently hold jobs (and would like to change) and those who, for a variety of reasons, do not have jobs. (See related data.)

South Dakota Labor Supply
October 2014

October 2014 labor supply estimates by county for South Dakota

Labor Force

This data is seasonally adjusted.

Preliminary estimates show the October 2014 South Dakota labor force up over the month, with the level of employed increasing by 1,400 (0.3 percent). The level of unemployed decreased by 700 (4.5 percent).

Nationally, both the unemployment rate (5.8 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (9.0 million) edged down in October.

South Dakota's October 2014 labor force of 451,400 increased compared to the October 2013 level of 448,600. The level of employed increased by 4,400 (1.0 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 1,700 persons (10.3 percent).

South Dakota Unemployment Rates by County
Not seasonally adjusted
October 2014

October 2014 unemployment rates by county for South Dakota

Notes about labor force data

The unemployment rate represents the number of unemployed as a percent of the labor force. People are classified as unemployed if they do not have jobs, have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks and are currently available for work. People who were not working and were waiting to be recalled to jobs from which they were temporarily laid off are also included as unemployed.

Labor force estimates for South Dakota are produced by the Labor Market Information Center in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The concepts and definitions underlying the labor force data come from the Current Population Survey (CPS), the household survey which is the official measure of the labor force for the nation. The statewide estimate of the number of nonfarm jobs is a component of the model used to produce the labor force estimates. Other data used in this model include the number of continued unemployment insurance claims and survey data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) which is specific to the state.

Although state specific data is used in the production of the labor force estimates for South Dakota, the state monthly model estimates are controlled in "real time" to sum to national monthly labor force estimates from the CPS. Therefore, variation in the estimates of the employed and unemployed are somewhat controlled by what is happening nationally. (See methodology.)

South Dakota Nonfarm Wage & Salaried Workers by Industry

This data is not seasonally adjusted.

Over-the-month comparisons

Based on a monthly survey of South Dakota establishments where employment data is collected for the pay periods that occur during the 12th of the month, preliminary estimates show the total nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 800 (or 0.2 percent) from September 2014 to October 2014.

There were numerous events that increased the demand for services such as Oktoberfest, Festival of Quilts, Beer Festival, Gypsy Day Parade, Festifall, Autumn Festival, Fall Arts and Crafts Show, Taste of South Dakota, Hunters Wives Days, Annual Gun Show and numerous Halloween events throughout the state.

The leisure and hospitality industry showed the largest private loss with a 1,500 worker (or 3.3 percent) decrease. This large loss is not uncommon for this time frame. Retail trade had a decrease in workers by 400 (0.8 percent). Educational services had an increase of 500 workers (6.5 percent) over-the-month. Wholesale trade showed an increase of 300 workers (1.4 percent).

Over-the-year comparisons

Based on a monthly survey of South Dakota establishments, preliminary estimates show total nonfarm wage and salaried workers increased by 6,000 (or 1.4 percent) from October 2013 to October 2014.

Professional and business services had an over-the-year increase of 300 workers (1.0 percent). The October 2014 level was 30,100 compared to 29,800 in October 2013. During the time frame of January 2003 to December 2013, the industry has overall continued to trend upwards.

Wholesale trade showed worker gains over-the-year with an added 1,500 workers (7.6 percent). The October 2013 level was 19,800 compared to 21,300 in October 2014. The wholesale trade industry has been steadily trending upward since 2008.

Find nonfarm worker data for areas within South Dakota.

For a printer-friendly version of this Overview, print pages 1-3 of the November e-Labor Bulletin (in Adobe PDF format).

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See more information on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) Program, including definitions.


Marcia Hultman, Secretary
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