Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

Snapshot of South Dakota's Economy

South Dakota and United States Labor Force
Seasonally Adjusted
Data Series April
2016
March
2016
April
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last
Year
South Dakota
Labor Force 454,500 454,500 452,000 0.0% 0.6%
Employment 443,100 442,900 437,500 0.0% 1.3%
Unemployment 11,400 11,600 14,500 -1.7% -21.4%

Unemployment Rate

2.5% 2.5% 3.2%    
Data Series April
2016
March
2016
April
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last
Year
United States
Labor Force 158,924,000 159,286,000 157,032,000 -0.2% 1.2%
Employment 151,004,000 151,320,000 148,509,000 -0.2% 1.7%
Unemployment 7,920,000 7,966,000 8,523,000 -0.6% -7.1%
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 5.0% 5.4%    
South Dakota Nonfarm Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
  April
2016
March
2016
April
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last
Year
Total Nonfarm 432,100 432,300 428,000 0.0% 1.0%
Mining, Logging & Construction 24,500 24,600 23,300 -0.4% 5.2%
Manufacturing 41,000 41,500 42,800 -1.2% -4.2%
Wholesale Trade 21,600 21,600 21,100 0.0% 2.4%
Retail Trade 54,600 54,700 52,800 -0.2% 3.4%
Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 13,600 13,500 13,400 0.7% 1.5%
Information 6,100 6,000 6,000 1.7% 1.7%
Financial Activities 29,900 29,900 29,600 0.0% 1.0%
Professional & Business Services 30,800 31,000 30,400 -0.6% 1.3%
Educational & Health Services 70,200 69,800 69,100 0.6% 1.6%
Leisure & Hospitality 46,700 46,700 45,800 0.0% 2.0%
Other Services 15,300 15,400 15,900 -0.6% -3.8%
Government 77,800 77,600 77,800 0.3% 0.0%
Preliminary data; subject to revision. 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.
Source: Labor Market Information Center, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
New Hires
  April
2016
March
2016
April
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last
Year
New Hires 17,024 15,619 16,137 9.0% 5.5%
Source: Unemployment Insurance Division, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
South Dakota Metro Area Labor Force
Seasonally Adjusted
Areas March 2016 February
2016
March
2015
Percent Change
Last Month Last Year
Rapid City MSA
Labor Force 71,400 71,400 71,600 0.0% -0.3%
Employment 69,500 69,400 69,200 0.1% 0.4%
Unemployment 1,900 2,100 2,400 -9.5% -20.8%
Unemployment Rate 2.7 2.9 3.4    
Sioux Falls MSA
Labor Force 149,000 149,500 143,700 -0.3% 3.7%
Employment 145,900 146,100 139,700 -0.1% 4.4%
Unemployment 3,100 3,400 3,900 -8.8% -20.5%
Unemployment Rate 2.1 2.3 2.7    

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184