Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

South Dakota Nonfarm Worker Trends in 2013

From the March 2014 South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin

South Dakota total nonfarm employment increased by 5,767 workers (1.4 percent) from 2012 to 2013. Our state fared relatively well during the recession and into the recovery stage.

Goods producing industries (which include mining, logging and construction plus manufacturing) in South Dakota had a loss of 192 workers (0.3 percent) during 2013. Service providing industries (which include all other sectors except government) had a gain of 5,858 workers (1.6 percent).

South Dakota Statewide
Nonfarm Wage & Salaried Workers by Industry

Industry

2012 Annual Average

2013 Annual Average

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Total Nonfarm

414,000

419,767

5,767

1.4%

  Total Private

336,500

341,675

5,175

1.5%

  Goods Producing

62,300

62,108

-192

-0.3%

  Service Providing

351,800

357,658

5,858

1.6%

Mining, Logging & Construction

21,000

20,267

-733

-3.6%

Manufacturing

41,300

41,842

542

1.3%

Wholesale Trade

19,500

19,625

125

0.6%

Retail Trade

51,000

52,825

1,825

3.5%

Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities

12,500

12,550

50

0.4%

Information

6,200

6,117

-83

-1.4%

Financial Activities

28,700

29,575

875

3.0%

Professional & Business Services

29,000

28,508

-492

-1.7%

Educational & Health Services

67,200

68,550

1,350

2.0%

Leisure & Hospitality

44,300

46,042

1,742

3.8%

Other Services (except Public Administration)

15,800

15,775

-25

-0.2%

Government

77,500

78,092

592

0.8%

Note: Numbers may not add due to rounding.
Source: Labor Market Information Center, SD Department of Labor and Regulation, March 2014.

The mining, logging and construction sector had a loss of 733 workers (3.6 percent). The construction industry accounts for most of the workers within this sector. Data published by the U.S. Census Bureau shows new privately owned housing permits in South Dakota had a large increase of 1,212 (22.5 percent) this past year, from 4,178 permits in 2012 to 5,390 in 2013.

Manufacturing gained 542 workers (1.3 percent) from 2012 to 2013. This gain continues to reflect a comeback from the recessionary losses that occurred during the years 2008 and 2009. The manufacturing sector has experienced over-the-year employment gains since July 2010.

The wholesale trade sector increased by 125 workers (0.6 percent) during the year. The strong agriculture economy in South Dakota serves as a solid source of support to the wholesale trade industry.

The retail trade sector gained 1,825 workers (3.5 percent) from 2012 to 2013. This sector is continuing to show growth since the recession. Growth was especially strong in the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), increasing by 717 workers (4.0 percent).

Transportation, warehousing and utilities remained relatively stable over the year, increasing by 50 workers (0.4 percent). The information sector also remained relatively stable, with a loss of 83 workers (1.4 percent). The professional and business services lost 492 workers (1.7 percent).

Worker levels in the financial activities industry increased by 875 workers (3.0 percent). The financial activities sector continues to show strong growth in the Sioux Falls MSA.

The education and health services sector continued to show an increase and gained 1,350 workers (2.0 percent). State healthcare worker numbers have increased every year since the data was first recorded in 1972. The continued worker demand in this industry is related to several factors, including continued population growth, an aging population and specialized procedures which require additional staff. As life expectancy increases related to medical advancements, people are living longer, with the older population typically more reliant on health care services.

Leisure and hospitality increased by 1,742 workers (3.8 percent). Other services remained relatively stable with a loss of 25 workers (0.2 percent) from 2012 to 2013.

Total government reflected a gain of 592 workers (0.8 percent). This gain was shared by the local government (833 workers) and state government (67 workers). The federal government worker level decreased in 2013 by 308 workers.

Rapid City Metropolitan Statistical Area Nonfarm Worker Trends

The Rapid City MSA's total nonfarm worker level increased 75 (0.1 percent) from 2012 to 2013. Gains were found in manufacturing (183 workers or 6.6 percent), professional and business services (75 workers or 1.5 percent), educational and health service (192 workers or 1.8 percent), leisure and hospitality (258 workers and 2.8 percent) and other services (67 workers or 2.3 percent) sectors.

Losses were found in mining, logging and construction (loss of 275 workers or 6.7 percent), wholesale trade (loss of 192 workers or 10.1 percent), retail trade (loss of 158 workers or 1.8 percent), transportation, warehousing and utilities (loss of 58 workers or 3.8 percent), information (loss of eight workers or 0.9 percent) and government (loss of 108 workers or 1.0 percent) sectors. The financial activities sector was unchanged at a level of 3,800 workers.

Rapid City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
Nonfarm Wage & Salaried Workers by Industry

Industry

2012 Annual Average

2013 Annual Average

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Total Nonfarm

62,100

62,175

75

0.1%

  Total Private

51,600

51,783

183

0.4%

  Goods Producing

7,000

6,908

-92

-1.3%

  Service Providing

55,100

55,267

167

0.3%

Mining, Logging & Construction

4,400

4,125

-275

-6.7%

Manufacturing

2,600

2,783

183

6.6%

Wholesale Trade

2,100

1,908

-192

-10.1%

Retail Trade

8,900

8,742

-158

-1.8%

Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities

1,600

1,542

-58

-3.8%

Information

900

892

-8

-0.9%

Financial Activities

3,800

3,800

0

0.0%

Professional & Business Services

5,000

5,075

75

1.5%

Educational & Health Services

10,400

10,592

192

1.8%

Leisure & Hospitality

9,100

9,358

258

2.8%

Other Services (except Public Administration)

2,900

2,967

67

2.3%

Government

10,500

10,392

-108

-1.0%

Note: Numbers may not add due to rounding.
Source: Labor Market Information Center, SD Department of Labor and Regulation, March 2014.

Sioux Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area Nonfarm Worker Trends

The Sioux Falls MSA total nonfarm worker level increased by 3,192 workers (2.2 percent) from 2012 to 2013. Most industry sectors added workers or remained stable, with the exception of the leisure and hospitality, which showed a drop of 292 workers (2.3 percent).

Sioux Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
Nonfarm Wage & Salaried Workers by Industry

Industry

2012 Annual Average

2013 Annual Average

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Total Nonfarm

139,800

142,992

3,192

2.2%

  Total Private

126,900

129,558

2,658

2.1%

  Goods Producing

19,700

20,250

550

2.7%

  Service Providing

120,200

122,742

2,542

2.1%

Mining, Logging & Construction

6,700

6,842

142

2.1%

Manufacturing

13,000

13,408

408

3.0%

Wholesale Trade

7,300

7,425

125

1.7%

Retail Trade

17,400

18,117

717

4.0%

Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities

4,900

4,958

58

1.2%

Information

2,700

2,658

-42

-1.6%

Financial Activities

15,800

16,517

717

4.3%

Professional & Business Services

12,800

12,708

-92

-0.7%

Educational & Health Services

28,500

29,450

950

3.2%

Leisure & Hospitality

13,100

12,808

-292

-2.3%

Other Services (except Public Administration)

4,700

4,667

-33

-0.7%

Government

13,000

13,433

433

3.2%

Note: Numbers may not add due to rounding.
Source: Labor Market Information Center, SD Department of Labor and Regulation, March 2014.

Balance of State Nonfarm Worker Trends

The balance of state is comprised of all counties not defined as part of an MSA. Therefore, balance of state includes all counties except Pennington, Meade, Lincoln, Minnehaha, McCook and Turner. The remainder of state data allows one to see how industries are doing in the more rural areas of South Dakota.

Total nonfarm employment in this area had an increase of 2,500 workers (1.2 percent). The industries showing significant worker losses include mining, logging and construction (600 workers or 6.5 percent) and professional and business services (475 workers or 4.4 percent). Leisure and hospitality added the most workers (1,776 or 7.4 percent).

South Dakota Balance of State Area
Nonfarm Wage & Salaried Workers by Industry

Industry

2012 Annual Average

2013 Annual Average

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Total Nonfarm

212,100

214,600

2,500

1.2%

  Total Private

158,000

160,334

2,334

1.5%

  Goods Producing

35,600

34,950

-650

-1.9%

  Service Providing

176,500

179,649

3,149

1.8%

Mining, Logging & Construction

9,900

9,300

-600

-6.5%

Manufacturing

25,700

25,651

-49

-0.2%

Wholesale Trade

10,100

10,292

192

1.9%

Retail Trade

24,700

25,966

1,266

4.9%

Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities

6,000

6,050

50

0.8%

Information

2,600

2,567

-33

-1.3%

Financial Activities

9,100

9,258

158

1.7%

Professional & Business Services

11,200

10,725

-475

-4.4%

Educational & Health Services

28,300

28,508

208

0.7%

Leisure & Hospitality

22,100

23,876

1,776

7.4%

Other Services (except Public Administration)

8,200

8,141

-59

-0.7%

Government

54,000

54,267

267

0.5%

Note: Numbers may not add due to rounding.
Source: Labor Market Information Center, SD Department of Labor and Regulation, March 2014.

 


 

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