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February 2015 South Dakota statewide data just released

Note: The following data release includes February 2015 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of February 2015 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be on March 27, with the publication of the South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. February 2015 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 February 2015 labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas will be available April 8, 2015.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the February 2015 South Dakota labor force up over the month, with the level of employed increasing by 900 (0.2 percent). The level of unemployed increased by 200 (1.3 percent).

The nation's unemployment rate (5.5 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (8.7 million) edged down in February.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  February 2015   January 2015
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 157,002,000 148,297,000 8,705,000 5.5% 157,180,000 148,201,000 8,979,000 5.7%
South Dakota 450,300 435,000 15,300 3.4% 449,200 434,100 15,100 3.4%

South Dakota's February 2015 labor force of 450,300 increased compared to the February 2014 level of 447,300. The level of employed increased by 3,200 (0.7 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 300 persons (1.9 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  February 2015   February 2014
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 157,002,000 148,297,000 8,705,000 5.5% 155,688,000 145,301,000 10,387,000 6.7%
South Dakota 450,300 435,000 15,300 3.4% 447,300 431,800 15,600 3.5%

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 February 2015 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level increased by 2,800 workers (0.7 percent) to a level of 427,800.

Over the year, the total seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 5,400 workers (1.3 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the manufacturing (1,900 workers or 4.6 percent), education and health services (1,300 workers or 1.9 percent) and wholesale trade (1,000 workers or 4.9 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
February*
2015
January
2015
February
2014
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 427,800 425,000 422,400 0.7 1.3
Mining, Logging & Construction 23,500 22,900 22,100 2.6 6.3
Manufacturing 43,600 43,600 41,700 0.0 4.6
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 86,900 86,500 85,300 0.5 1.9
  Wholesale Trade 21,500 21,300 20,500 0.9 4.9
  Retail Trade 52,400 52,400 51,700 0.0 1.4
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 13,000 12,800 13,100 1.6 -0.8
Information 6,000 6,000 6,100 0.0 -1.6
Financial Activities 29,200 29,500 29,800 -1.0 -2.0
Professional & Business Services 30,000 30,200 30,200 -0.7 -0.7
Educational & Health Services 69,600 68,700 68,300 1.3 1.9
Educational Services  7,900 7,500 7,300 5.3 8.2
   Health Care & Social Assistance 61,700 61,200 61,000 0.8 1.1
Leisure & Hospitality 45,400 44,500 45,500 2.0 -0.2
Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,000 15,700 15,700 1.9 1.9
Government 77,600 77,400 77,700 0.3 -0.1
  Federal Government 10,900 10,900 11,000 0.0 -0.9
  State Government 18,500 18,300 18,600 1.1 -0.5
  Local Government 48,200 48,200 48,100 0.0 0.2

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 increased by 3,500
workers (0.8 percent) from January 2015 to February 2015.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 5,000 workers (1.2 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the manufacturing (1,700 workers or 4.1 percent), educational and health services (1,600 workers or 2.3 percent) and wholesale trade (1,000 workers or 5.0 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
February*
2015
January
2015
February
2014
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 416,500 413,000 411,500 0.8 1.2
Mining, Logging & Construction 19,300 19,400 18,400 -0.5 4.9
Manufacturing 43,000 42,700 41,300 0.7 4.1
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 85,000 85,300 83,300 -0.4 2.0
  Wholesale Trade 21,200 21,000 20,200 1.0 5.0
  Retail Trade 51,100 51,800 50,300 -1.4 1.6
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 12,700 12,500 12,800 1.6 -0.8
Information 6,000 6,000 6,000 0.0 0.0
Financial Activities 29,200 29,300 29,600 -0.3 -1.4
Professional & Business Services 29,100 29,100 29,500 0.0 -1.4
Educational & Health Services 69,700 68,500 68,100 1.8 2.3
Educational Services  8,100 7,400 7,500 9.5 8.0
   Health Care & Social Assistance 61,600 61,100 60,600 0.8 1.7
      Hospitals 23,800 23,600 23,800 0.8 0.0
Leisure & Hospitality 40,900 40,100 41,600 2.0 -1.7
Other Services (except Public Administration) 15,900 15,600 15,500 1.9 2.6
Government 78,400 77,000 78,200 1.8 0.3
  Federal Government 10,800 10,900 10,900 -0.9 -0.9
  State Government 19,100 18,100 19,200 5.5 -0.5
     State Government Educational Services 10,100 9,100 10,200 11.0 -1.0
  Local Government 48,500 48,000 48,100 1.0 0.8
     Local Government Educational Services 26,300 26,000 26,400 1.2 -0.4

*Note: All February 2015 data in the tables and narrative above is preliminary and subject to revision.

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in February 2015, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available March 27 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 January

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 49,490
in January 2015. 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
January 2015

January 2015 labor supply estimates by county for South Dakota

Labor Force

This data is seasonally adjusted.

Preliminary estimates show the January 2015 South Dakota labor force up over the month, with the level of employed increasing by 4,200 (1.0 percent). The level of unemployed decreased by 200 (1.3 percent).

South Dakota's January 2015 labor force of 449,200 decreased compared to the January 2014 level of 450,000. The level of employed increased by 300 (0.1 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 900 persons (5.6 percent).

South Dakota Unemployment Rates by County
Not seasonally adjusted
January 2015

January 2015 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 decreased by 9,700 (or 2.3 percent) from December 2014 to January 2015.

There were numerous events that took place such as the Dakota Farm Show, ice fishing tournaments, Nice Ice Carvers, winter art shows, Glacial Lakes Beer Fest, the Public Opinion Prom and Bridal Show, farm shows, Black Hills Shock Show Rodeo and the International Series of Champions (ISOC) SnoCross Shootout.

Almost all sectors showed a decrease over the month, with wholesale trade being unchanged. The sectors with the largest loss of workers were leisure and hospitality with a loss of 2,300 workers (5.5 percent), retail trade with a decrease of 1,300 workers (2.5 percent), and education and health services with a drop of 800 workers (1.2 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 2,800 (or 0.7 percent) from January 2014 to January 2015.

Professional and business services had an over-the-year decrease of 200 workers (0.7 percent). The January 2015 level was 29,300 compared to 29,500, in January 2014. During the time frame of January 2004 to December 2014, the industry has continued to trend upward overall.

Wholesale trade showed worker gains over-the-year with an added 900 workers (4.5 percent). The January 2014 level was 20,100 compared to 21,000 in January 2015. The wholesale trade industry has remained fairly stable from January 2004 to December 2014 and has continued its slow upward trend.

Manufacturing produced a gain of 1,500 workers (3.7 percent) over the year from 41,100 in January 2014 to 42,600 in January 2015. In the last 10-year time frame, from January 2004 to December 2014, manufacturing steadily trended upward until the recession. Manufacturing hit a low in January 2010 but has been trending upward since.

Leisure and hospitality had a worker loss of 1,400 workers over the year (3.4 percent) to a level of 39,900 in January 2015. The January 2014 worker level was 41,300. This sector fluctuates due to seasonality and events during the year. From 2004 to 2014, the industry consistently showed yearly patterns of peaks and lows.

Find nonfarm worker data for areas within South Dakota.

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

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


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