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September 2014 South Dakota statewide data just released

Note: The following data release includes September 2014 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of September 2014 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be on Oct. 24, with the publication of the South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. September 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 September 2014 labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas will be available Oct. 29, 2014.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the September 2014 South Dakota labor force up over the month, with the level of employed increasing by 600 (0.1 percent). The level of unemployed decreased by 500 (3.1 percent).

Nationally, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.9 percent. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 329,000 to 9.3 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.3 percentage points and 1.9 million, respectively.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  September 2014   August 2014
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 155,862,000 146,600,000 9,262,000 5.9% 155,959,000 146,368,000 9,591,000 6.1%
South Dakota 450,500 435,000 15,500 3.4% 450,400 434,400 16,000 3.5%

South Dakota's September 2014 labor force of 450,500 increased compared to the September 2013 level of 448,300. The level of employed increased by 3,400 (0.8 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 1,200 persons (7.2 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  September 2014   September 2013
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 155,862,000 146,600,000 9,262,000 5.9% 155,473,000 144,270,000 11,203,000 7.2%
South Dakota 450,500 435,000 15,500 3.4% 448,300 431,600 16,700 3.7%

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 September 2014 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level was unchanged at 420,500 workers.

Over the year, the seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 2,000 workers (0.5 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the manufacturing (1,300 workers or 3.1 percent), wholesale trade (1,200 workers or 6.0 percent) and professional and business services (700 workers or 2.4 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
September*
2014
August
2014
September
2013
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 420,500 420,500 418,500 0.0 0.5
Mining, Logging & Construction 21,600 21,300 21,500 1.4 0.5
Manufacturing 42,700 42,300 41,400 0.9 3.1
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 83,800 84,400 83,500 -0.7 0.4
  Wholesale Trade 21,100 20,900 19,900 1.0 6.0
  Retail Trade 50,000 51,200 51,200 -2.3 -2.3
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 12,700 12,300 12,400 3.3 2.4
Information 6,200 6,200 6,000 0.0 3.3
Financial Activities 30,100 29,800 29,900 1.0 0.7
Professional & Business Services 30,100 30,800 29,400 -2.3 2.4
Educational & Health Services 67,400 67,200 67,800 0.3 -0.6
Educational Services  7,800 7,600 7,300 2.6 6.8
   Health Care & Social Assistance 59,600 59,600 60,500 0.0 -1.5
Leisure & Hospitality 43,300 43,600 44,700 -0.7 -3.1
Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,400 16,200 16,000 1.2 2.5
Government 78,900 78,700 78,300 0.3 0.8
  Federal Government 11,300 11,400 11,000 -0.9 2.7
  State Government 18,900 18,700 18,900 1.1 0.0
  Local Government 48,700 48,600 48,400 0.2 0.6

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 4,600 workers (1.1 percent) from August 2014 to September 2014.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 2,000 workers (0.5 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the wholesale trade (1,400 workers or 7.1 percent), manufacturing (1,300 workers or 3.1 percent) and professional and business services (600 workers or 2.0 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
September*
2014
August
2014
September
2013
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 424,500 429,100 422,500 -1.1 0.5
Mining, Logging & Construction 23,800 24,400 23,400 -2.5 1.7
Manufacturing 42,800 42,800 41,500 0.0 3.1
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 83,900 85,800 83,400 -2.2 0.6
  Wholesale Trade 21,100 21,000 19,700 0.5 7.1
  Retail Trade 49,900 52,200 51,100 -4.4 -2.3
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 12,900 12,600 12,600 2.4 2.4
Information 6,200 6,300 6,000 -1.6 3.3
Financial Activities 29,800 29,800 29,800 0.0 0.0
Professional & Business Services 30,300 31,600 29,700 -4.1 2.0
Educational & Health Services 67,000 66,800 67,600 0.3 -0.9
Educational Services  7,700 6,800 7,300 13.2 5.5
   Health Care & Social Assistance 59,300 60,000 60,300 -1.2 -1.7
      Hospitals 23,900 23,900 23,400 0.0 2.1
Leisure & Hospitality 45,400 50,800 47,000 -10.6 -3.4
Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,500 16,300 16,000 1.2 3.1
Government 78,800 74,500 78,100 5.8 0.9
  Federal Government 11,400 11,400 11,100 0.0 2.7
  State Government 19,200 17,400 19,200 10.3 0.0
  Local Government 48,200 45,700 47,800 5.5 0.8

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

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in September 2014, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available October 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 August

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 52,060
in August 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
August 2014

August 2014 labor supply estimates by county for South Dakota

Labor Force

This data is seasonally adjusted.

Preliminary estimates show the August 2014 South Dakota labor force down over the month, with the level of employed decreasing by 700 (0.2 percent). The level of unemployed decreased by 500 (3.0 percent).

Nationally, both the unemployment rate (6.1 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (9.6 million) changed little. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.1 percentage points and 1.7 million, respectively.

South Dakota's August 2014 labor force of 450,600 increased compared to the August 2013 level of 448,500. The level of employed increased by 3,100 (0.7 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 1,000 persons (5.9 percent).

South Dakota Unemployment Rates by County
Not seasonally adjusted
August 2014

August 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 1,200 (or 0.3 percent) from July 2014 to August 2014.

Private service-providing industries produced the overwhelming majority of the over-the-month growth. There were numerous events that increased the demand for these services such as Sioux River Folk Festival, Sioux Empire Fair, Foothills Classic Car and Tractor Show, BBQ Pit Row, Kit Festival and Craft Show, Potato Days, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Street Masters Car Show, Brown County Fair, White River Frontier Days and Rodeo, Riverboat Days, Riverfest, Dakotafest, Corn Palace Festival, Kool Deadwood Nites, Steam Threshing Jamboree, Sizzlin Summer Nights, SD State Fair and Rockin' Ribfest.

The leisure and hospitality industry showed the largest private gain with a 2,400 worker (or 4.9 percent) increase; seasonal events demanded more of these industries' services. Government showed seasonal over-the-month gain with a 500 worker (or 0.7 percent) increase as staff and faculty were in the coming back from summer break. Health care and social assistance added 200 workers (0.3 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 4,900 (or 1.2 percent) from August 2013 to August 2014.

Professional and business services had an over-the-year increase of 1,600 workers (5.3 percent). The August 2014 level was 31,700 compared to 30,100 in August 2013. During the time frame of January 2003 to December 2013, the industry has overall continued to trend upward.

Wholesale trade showed worker gains over the year with an added 1,000 workers (5.0 percent). The August 2013 level was 20,000 compared to 21,000 in August 2014. The wholesale trade industry has been steadily trending upward since 2008.

Manufacturing produced a gain of 1,100 workers (2.6 percent) over the year from 41,800 in August 2013 to 42,900 in August 2014. South Dakota manufacturing has performed uniquely, as the industry produced worker growth from the beginning of 2004 all the way through November 2008, while national manufacturing has not shown growth since 1998. South Dakota showed its first over-the-year loss in August 2008 as the national recession became more pronounced and the world recession continued. South Dakota has shown a steady increase in manufacturing since the recession.

Leisure and hospitality had a worker gain of 700 workers over the year (1.4 percent) to a level of 51,400 in August 2014. The August 2013 worker level was 50,700. This sector fluctuates due to seasonality and events during the year. Retail trade had an increase of 200 workers (0.4 percent) over the year.

Find nonfarm worker data for areas within South Dakota.

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


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