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June 2014 South Dakota statewide data just released

Note: The following data release includes June 2014 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of June 2014 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be on July 25, with the publication of the South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. June 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 June 2014 labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas will be available July 30, 2014.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the June 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 200 (1.2 percent).

Nationally, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 6.1 percent. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 325,000 to 9.5 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons have declined by 1.4 percentage points and 2.3 million, respectively.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  June 2014   May 2014
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 155,694,000 146,221,000 9,474,000 6.1% 155,613,000 145,814,000 9,799,000 6.3%
South Dakota 453,400 436,300 17,100 3.8% 454,300 437,000 17,300 3.8%

South Dakota's June 2014 labor force of 453,400 increased compared to the June 2013 level of 448,600. The level of employed increased by 5,000 (1.2 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 200 persons (1.2 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  June 2014   June 2013
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 155,694,000 146,221,000 9,474,000 6.1% 155,822,000 144,075,000 11,747,000 7.5%
South Dakota 453,400 436,300 17,100 3.8% 448,600 431,300 17,300 3.9%

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

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level increased by 500 (0.1 percent) when comparing the May level of 419,600 to the preliminary June level of 420,100.

Over the year, the seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 2,900 workers (0.7 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the professional and business services (1,300 workers or 4.4 percent), wholesale trade (900 workers or 4.5 percent) and information (200 workers or 3.3 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
June*
2014
May
2014
June
2013
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 420,100 419,600 417,200 0.1 0.7
Mining, Logging & Construction 21,800 20,900 21,400 4.3 1.9
Manufacturing 41,900 42,000 41,700 -0.2 0.5
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 84,400 84,400 83,500 0.0 1.1
  Wholesale Trade 20,800 20,900 19,900 -0.5 4.5
  Retail Trade 50,900 50,900 51,100 0.0 -0.4
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 12,700 12,600 12,500 0.8 1.6
Information 6,300 6,300 6,100 0.0 3.3
Financial Activities 29,700 29,600 29,900 0.3 -0.7
Professional & Business Services 30,800 30,000 29,500 2.7 4.4
Educational & Health Services 67,100 67,600 67,900 -0.7 -1.2
Educational Services  7,400 7,600 7,300 -2.6 1.4
   Health Care & Social Assistance 59,700 60,000 60,600 -0.5 -1.5
Leisure & Hospitality 43,600 44,800 44,500 -2.7 -2.0
Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,100 16,400 16,000 -1.8 0.6
Government 78,400 77,600 76,700 1.0 2.2
  Federal Government 11,200 11,100 11,100 0.9 0.9
  State Government 18,700 18,400 18,300 1.6 2.2
  Local Government 48,500 48,100 47,300 0.8 2.5

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 increased by 5,700 workers (1.3 percent) from May 2014 to June 2014.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 3,300 workers (0.8 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the professional and business services (1,600 workers or 5.3 percent), wholesale trade (800 workers or 3.9 percent) and manufacturing (400 workers or 0.9 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
June*
2014
May
2014
June
2013
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 430,600 424,900 427,300 1.3 0.8
Mining, Logging & Construction 24,300 22,100 23,700 10.0 2.5
Manufacturing 42,600 42,100 42,200 1.2 0.9
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 85,600 84,600 84,800 1.2 0.9
  Wholesale Trade 21,100 21,000 20,300 0.5 3.9
  Retail Trade 51,800 50,900 51,800 1.8 0.0
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 12,700 12,700 12,700 0.0 0.0
Information 6,300 6,200 6,100 1.6 3.3
Financial Activities 30,100 29,600 30,200 1.7 -0.3
Professional & Business Services 31,600 30,800 30,000 2.6 5.3
Educational & Health Services 66,900 68,100 67,900 -1.8 -1.5
Educational Services  7,100 7,900 7,100 -10.1 0.0
   Health Care & Social Assistance 59,800 60,200 60,800 -0.7 -1.6
      Hospitals 23,700 23,700 23,800 0.0 -0.4
Leisure & Hospitality 48,000 45,700 48,400 5.0 -0.8
Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,200 16,200 16,300 0.0 -0.6
Government 79,000 79,500 77,700 -0.6 1.7
  Federal Government 11,500 11,200 11,400 2.7 0.9
  State Government 17,200 18,800 16,900 -8.5 1.8
  Local Government 50,300 49,500 49,400 1.6 1.8

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

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in June 2014, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available July 25 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 May

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 42,325
in May 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.) Please note: A new methodology was recently adopted for estimating labor supply. Learn more about the improved methodology which incorporates the most appropriate and recent data inputs available.

South Dakota Labor Supply
May 2014

May 2014 labor supply estimates by county for South Dakota

Labor Force

This data is seasonally adjusted.

Preliminary estimates show the May 2014 South Dakota labor force up over the month, with the level of employed decreasing by 200 (0.0 percent). The level of unemployed increased by 400 (2.4 percent).

Nationally, the unemployment rate held at 6.3 percent in May, following a slight decline of 0.4 percentage point from March to April. The number of unemployed persons was unchanged in May at 9.8 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons declined by 1.2 percentage points and 1.9 million, respectively.

South Dakota's May 2014 labor force of 454,300 increased compared to the May 2013 level of 448,500. The level of employed increased by 5,700 (1.3 percent); the level of unemployed increased by 100 persons (0.6 percent).

South Dakota Unemployment Rates by County
Not seasonally adjusted
May 2014

May 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 nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 7,100 (or 1.7 percent) from April 2014 to May 2014. The prior year change was also positive, up by 11,600 (2.8 percent) from April 2013 to May 2013.

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 the South Dakota birding festival, Main Street Square Spring Market, ABATE/FM Crusaders Bike Show, Legendary Hart Ranch Rodeo, Kayak Challenge, RibFest and Riverboats, Rodeo and Rails Days. The leisure and hospitality industry showed the largest gain among private industries with a 2,300 worker (or 5.4 percent) increase. Retail trade added 1,000 workers (or 2.0 percent). Seasonal events increased demand for these industries' services. Professional and business services added 800 workers (2.7 percent). Local government education also showed solid seasonal over-the-month growth with an 800 worker (or 1.7 percent) increase as staff and faculty were hired to prepare for the beginning of a new school year.

Over-the-year comparisons

Preliminary estimates show nonfarm wage and salaried workers increased by 1,300 (or 0.3 percent) from May 2013 to May 2014.

Professional and business services had an over-the-year increase of 1,000 workers (3.4 percent). The May 2014 level was 30,800 compared to 29,800 in May 2013. The industry has continually trend upward over the past few years, showing recovery from the recession.

Wholesale trade showed worker gains over the year with an added 700 workers (3.4 percent). The May 2013 level was 20,300 compared to 21,000 in May 2014. The industry has been steadily trending upward since 2008.

Manufacturing produced a 400 worker (or 1.0 percent) increase from 42,100 in May 2014 from 41,700 in May 2013. 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 from the recession.

Leisure and hospitality had a worker loss of 700 workers over the year (1.5 percent) to a level of 45,000 in May 2014. The May 2013 worker level was 45,700. This sector fluctuates due to seasonality and events during 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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