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April South Dakota statewide data just released

Please note: The following data release includes April 2018 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of April 2018 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be May 25, 2018, with the publication of the May 2018 South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. April 2018 not seasonally adjusted data will also be available in the virtual Labor Market System at that time. The release of April 2018 seasonally adjusted labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas is scheduled for May 30, 2018.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the April 2018 South Dakota labor force increased over the month by 600 workers (0.1%) to 459,700 workers. The level of unemployed remained unchanged at 15,500 workers.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  April 2018   March 2018
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 161,527,000 155,181,000 6,346,000 3.9% 161,763,000 155,178,000 6,585,000 4.1%
South Dakota 459,700 444,100 15,500 3.4% 459,100 443,700 15,500 3.4%

South Dakota's April 2018 labor force of 459,700 increased compared to the April 2017 level of 454,400. The level of employed increased by 4,500 (1.0%); the level of unemployed increased by 700 persons (4.7%).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  April 2018   April 2017
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 161,527,000 155,181,000 6,346,000 3.9% 160,181,000 153,161,000 7,021,000 4.4%
South Dakota 459,700 444,100 15,500 3.4% 454,400 439,600 14,800 3.3%

The unemployment rate represents the number of unemployed as a percentage 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 April 2018 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level decreased by 1,500 workers (0.3 percent) to 437,800.

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 (2,200 workers or 5.2 percent), Government (1,300 workers or 1.6 percent) and Professional and Business Services (900 workers or 2.9 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)
  % Change From
  April*
2018
March
2018
April
2017
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 437,800 439,300 434,800 -0.3 0.7
 Mining, Logging and Construction 23,100 23,400 23,900 -1.3 -3.3
 Manufacturing 44,800 44,700 42,600 0.2 5.2
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 86,300 87,000 87,200 -0.8 -1.0
   Wholesale Trade 20,300 20,700 20,900 -1.9 -2.9
   Retail Trade 52,300 52,800 53,100 -0.9 -1.5
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 13,700 13,500 13,200 1.5 3.8
 Information 5,600 5,700 5,700 -1.8 -1.8
 Financial Activities 29,800 29,900 29,300 -0.3 1.7
 Professional and Business Services 32,200 32,300 31,300 -0.3 2.9
 Educational and Health Services 72,300 72,600 71,700 -0.4 0.8
   Educational Services  7,300 7,300 7,500 0.0 -2.7
   Health Care and Social Assistance 65,000 65,300 64,200 -0.5 1.2
 Leisure and Hospitality 46,200 46,800 47,400 -1.3 -2.5
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 17,200 16,800 16,700 2.4 3.0
Government 80,300 80,100 79,000 0.2 1.6
  Federal Government 11,400 11,300 11,300 0.9 0.9
  State Government 18,500 18,600 18,600 -0.5 -0.5
  Local Government 50,400 50,200 49,100 0.4 2.6

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

Over the month, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 3,600 workers (0.8 percent) from March 2018 to April 2018.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted total worker level increased by 2,600 workers (0.6 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within Manufacturing (2,100 workers or 5.0 percent), Professional and Business Services (900 workers or 2.9 percent) and Education and Health Services (800 workers or 1.1 percent).

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
    % Change From
April*
2018
March
2018
April
2017
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total Non-farm 434,300 430,700 431,700 0.8 0.6
 Mining, Logging and Construction 22,300 21,100 22,700 5.7 -1.8
  Mining and Logging 900 800 1,000 12.5 -10.0
  Construction 21,400 20,300 21,700 5.4 -1.4
   Construction of Buildings 5,200 5,000 5,400 4.0 -3.7
   Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 3,300 2,700 3,500 22.2 -5.7
   Specialty Trade Contractors 12,900 12,600 12,800 2.4 0.8
 Manufacturing 44,500 44,000 42,400 1.1 5.0
   Durable Goods 28,800 28,300 27,200 1.8 5.9
   Non-Durable Goods 15,700 15,700 15,200 0.0 3.3
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 85,300 85,700 86,600 -0.5 -1.5
   Wholesale Trade 20,500 20,700 21,000 -1.0 -2.4
   Retail Trade 51,500 51,800 52,500 -0.6 -1.9
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 13,300 13,200 13,100 0.8 1.5
 Information 5,600 5,700 5,600 -1.8 0.0
 Financial Activities 29,600 29,700 29,100 -0.3 1.7
 Professional and Business Services 32,100 31,700 31,200 1.3 2.9
 Education and Health Services 72,700 73,000 71,900 -0.4 1.1
   Educational Services  7,600 7,600 7,800 0.0 -2.6
   Health Care and Social Assistance 65,100 65,400 64,100 -0.5 1.6
     Hospitals 25,600 25,600 25,200 0.0 1.6
 Leisure and Hospitality 44,100 42,700 45,700 3.3 -3.5
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 17,100 16,500 16,600 3.6 3.0
Government 81,000 80,600 79,900 0.5 1.4
  Federal Government 11,300 11,100 11,200 1.8 0.9
  State Government 19,200 19,100 19,200 0.5 0.0
     State Government Educational Services 10,300 10,300 10,200 0.0 1.0
  Local Government 50,500 50,400 49,500 0.2 2.0
     Local Government Educational Services 27,900 28,000 27,200 -0.4 2.6

*Note: All April 2018 data in the tables and narrative above is preliminary and subject to revision.

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in April 2018, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available May 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.