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April 2015 South Dakota statewide data just released

Note: The following data release includes April 2015 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of April 2015 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be on May 29, with the publication of the South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. April 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. The release of seasonally adjusted labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas has been delayed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; release dates will be published on this website as soon as they are determined.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the April 2015 South Dakota labor force up over the month, with the level of employed increasing by 1,000 (0.2 percent). The level of unemployed increased by 400 (2.5 percent).

Nationally in April, both the unemployment rate (5.4 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (8.5 million) were essentially unchanged. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 0.8 percentage point and 1.1 million, respectively.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  April 2015   March 2015
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 157,072,000 148,523,000 8,549,000 5.4% 156,906,000 148,331,000 8,575,000 5.5%
South Dakota 453,000 436,600 16,400 3.6% 451,600 435,600 16,000 3.5%

South Dakota's April 2015 labor force of 453,000 increased compared to the April 2014 level of 447,800. The level of employed increased by 4,100 (0.9 percent); the level of unemployed increased by 1,100 persons (7.2 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  April 2015   April 2014
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 157,072,000 148,523,000 8,549,000 5.4% 155,420,000 145,724,000 9,696,000 6.2%
South Dakota 453,000 436,600 16,400 3.6% 447,800 432,500 15,300 3.4%

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

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level increased by 200 workers (0.0 percent) to a level of 429,700.

Over the year, the total seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 6,900 workers (1.6 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the manufacturing (2,100 workers or 5.0 percent), education and health services (1,600 workers or 2.3 percent) and retail trade (1,200 workers or 2.3 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
April*
2015
March
2015
April
2014
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 429,700 429,500 422,800 0.0 1.6
Mining, Logging & Construction 23,600 24,000 22,000 -1.7 7.3
Manufacturing 44,200 43,300 42,100 2.1 5.0
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 87,100 87,200 85,600 -0.1 1.8
  Wholesale Trade 21,000 21,100 20,700 -0.5 1.4
  Retail Trade 53,000 53,000 51,800 0.0 2.3
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 13,100 13,100 13,100 0.0 0.0
Information 6,000 6,100 6,100 -1.6 -1.6
Financial Activities 29,400 29,500 29,700 -0.3 -1.0
Professional & Business Services 29,100 30,200 30,300 -3.6 -4.0
Educational & Health Services 69,900 69,800 68,300 0.1 2.3
Educational Services  7,900 7,800 7,400 1.3 6.8
   Health Care & Social Assistance 62,000 62,000 60,900 0.0 1.8
Leisure & Hospitality 45,900 45,100 45,300 1.8 1.3
Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,200 16,300 15,800 -0.6 2.5
Government 78,300 78,000 77,600 0.4 0.9
  Federal Government 11,200 11,000 11,100 1.8 0.9
  State Government 18,400 18,400 18,500 0.0 -0.5
  Local Government 48,700 48,600 48,000 0.2 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 year, the not seasonally adjusted total worker level increased by 6,700 workers (1.6 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the manufacturing (2,000 workers or 4.8 percent), education and health services (1,700 workers or 2.5 percent) and retail trade (1,100 workers or 2.2 percent) industry sectors.

Over the month, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 6,200
workers (1.5 percent) from March 2015 to April 2015.

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
April*
2015
March
2015
April
2014
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 425,700 419,500 419,000 1.5 1.6
Mining, Logging & Construction 22,300 20,200 20,600 10.4 8.3
Manufacturing 43,900 42,900 41,900 2.3 4.8
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 85,900 85,200 84,600 0.8 1.5
  Wholesale Trade 21,100 21,000 20,700 0.5 1.9
  Retail Trade 52,000 51,400 50,900 1.2 2.2
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 12,800 12,800 13,000 0.0 -1.5
Information 5,900 6,000 6,000 -1.7 -1.7
Financial Activities 29,400 29,400 29,600 0.0 -0.7
Professional & Business Services 29,400 29,300 30,300 0.3 -3.0
Educational & Health Services 70,100 70,200 68,400 -0.1 2.5
Educational Services  8,100 8,100 7,600 0.0 6.6
   Health Care & Social Assistance 62,000 62,100 60,800 -0.2 2.0
      Hospitals 24,000 23,900 23,400 0.4 2.6
Leisure & Hospitality 43,600 41,300 43,300 5.6 0.7
Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,100 16,000 15,700 0.6 2.5
Government 79,100 79,000 78,600 0.1 0.6
  Federal Government 11,100 10,900 11,000 1.8 0.9
  State Government 19,100 19,000 19,200 0.5 -0.5
     State Government Educational Services 10,100 10,100 10,300 0.0 -1.9
  Local Government 48,900 49,100 48,400 -0.4 1.0
     Local Government Educational Services 26,400 26,700 26,500 -1.1 -0.4

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

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in April 2015, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available May 29 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 March

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 48,670
in March 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
March 2015

March 2015 labor supply estimates by county for South Dakota

Labor Force

This data is seasonally adjusted.

Preliminary estimates show the March 2015 South Dakota labor force up over the month, with the level of employed increasing by 700 (0.2 percent). The level of unemployed increased by 600 (3.9 percent).

South Dakota's March 2015 labor force of 451,600 increased compared to the March 2014 level of 447,600. The level of employed increased by 3,500 (0.8 percent); the level of unemployed increased by 600 persons (3.9 percent).

South Dakota Unemployment Rates by County
Not seasonally adjusted
March 2015

March 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 increased by 2,900 (or 0.7 percent) from February 2015 to March 2015.

There were numerous events that took place, such as the Big Boy Toy Show, Home Show, St. Patrick's Day Weekend, RV Spring Camper Show, Wingapalooza, Curt Gun Show, ABATE Motorcycle Show, Little Britches Rodeo and Wine Fest Renaissance.

Worker levels in most sectors increased or were unchanged over the month. Manufacturing, wholesale trade and information were unchanged. The sectors with the largest gain in workers were education and health services with an increase of 500 workers (0.7 percent) and leisure and hospitality with a gain of 700 workers (1.7 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 5,400 (or 1.3 percent) from March 2014 to March 2015.

Professional and business services had an over-the-year decrease of 100 workers (0.3 percent). The March 2015 level was 29,300 compared to 29,400, in March 2014. During the time frame of January
2004 to December 2014, the industry as a whole has continued to trend upward.

Wholesale trade showed worker gains over the year with an added 700 workers (3.4 percent). The March 2014 level was 20,400 compared to 21,100 in March 2015. The wholesale trade industry has remained fairly stable from January 2004 to December 2014 and is slowly trending upward. Retail trade gained 1,000 workers (2.0 percent), reaching a level of 51,400 in March 2015.

Manufacturing produced a gain of 1,300 workers (3.1 percent) over the year from 41,600 in March 2014 to 42,900 in March 2015. In the last 10 years, manufacturing steadily trended upward until the recession. Manufacturing worker levels then hit a low in January 2010, but have been trending upward since.

Leisure and hospitality had a worker loss of 700 workers over the year (1.7 percent), dropping to a level of 41,600 in March 2015. The March 2014 worker level was 42,300. This sector fluctuates due to seasonality and events during the year.

Education and health services increased over the year from 68,300 in March 2014 to 70,200 in March 2015. The sectors gained 1,900 workers (2.8 percent). This sector has continued to steadily trend upward since January 2004.

For a printer-friendly version of this Overview, print pages 3-5 of the April e-Labor Bulletin (in Adobe PDF format).

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