Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Labor Market Information Center

Labor Market Barometer

The Labor Market Barometer compares the level of unemployed, the number of job openings posted on SDWORKS (South Dakota’s online jobs database), and the number of newly hired workers (new hires) using the most current data available. As this data is not seasonally adjusted, seasonal patterns are evident.

The April 2017 South Dakota level of unemployed is 13,400, with a corresponding unemployment rate of 2.9 percent. Job openings advertised by the South Dakota Department of Labor (SDDLR) have leveled off with the exception of seasonal job postings and remain stable. The current level of job openings is 14,200.