Sioux Falls Metro Area Profile - Local Employment Dynamics (LED)
About the Sioux Falls Metro Area
In order to qualify as a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), an area must have at least one urbanized area with a population of 50,000 or more, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties. The Sioux Falls MSA consists of McCook, Minnehaha, Lincoln and Turner counties.
The following tables compare the area's total employment, new hires and average wages by age and gender for the third quarters of 2011 and 2012.
Total Employment: The estimate of the total number of jobs on the first day of the reference quarter.
In the third quarter of 2012, the Sioux Falls MSA's jobs totaled 136,031, an increase of 2.5 percent (3,268 jobs gained) from a year earlier.
Employment by Gender
In the Sioux Falls MSA, the workforce was 50 percent female and 50 percent male for the third quarter of 2012.
The 14- to 18-year group led the pack with a 10.7 percent increase in employment levels. At the other end of the age spectrum, the 65- to 99-year-olds' employment levels increased by 5.8 percent, good enough for second highest among the women's age groups. Only one group's levels fell, those 45 to 54 years decreased slightly by 0.6 percent.
Employment levels increased for all male groups. With a 9 percent rise, total employment for the eldest age group (65 to 99) registered the biggest percentage increase for the males. Two groups' levels inched up less than half a percentage point: those 25 to 34 years (0.1 percent) and those 45 to 54 years (0.3 percent).
New Hires: The estimated number of workers who started a new job. More specifically, total hires who worked for an employer in the specified quarter and were not employed by that employer in any of the previous four quarters.
A comparison of the third quarters of 2012 and 2011 shows new hire levels in the Sioux Falls MSA increased or were unchanged for every age group. Overall, new hires rose 4.7 percent.
With increases greater than 10 percent each, three women's groups placed in the top five in new hire increases. The greatest percentage increase for women, 65- to 99-year-olds with 11.4 percent, was enough to claim the second spot overall. Females 19 to 21 gained 0.3 percent, the smallest increase on the women's side.
With an 11.8 percent increase, the 19- to 21-year-olds narrowly grabbed the top spot for new hires for either gender. New hire levels remained unchanged over the year for the youngest age group, making it the only group whose new hire numbers did not climb.
Average monthly earnings: The average monthly earnings of employees with stable jobs (worked at the same firm for the entire quarter).
In the Sioux Falls MSA, average monthly earnings increased by 0.5 percent over the year.
Average earnings for women in the outlying age groups increased the most at 3.6 percent (65 to 99 years) and 2.3 percent (14 to 18 years). Earnings for the 19- to 21-year-olds declined the most at 3.5 percent.
Average monthly earnings for males 55-64 years increased by 2.3 percent. Earnings decreased by 1.0 percent or less for any male group with a loss in earnings over the year.
Sioux Falls MSA On The Map
The following graphics provide labor shed data (where people in the area live and work) for the Sioux Falls MSA. At the beginning of the second quarter in 2011 (most current data available), 87.5 percent of people who lived in the Sioux Falls MSA had a primary job in the MSA while 12.5 percent who lived in the MSA were employed outside of it. Of those employed in the area, 17.4 percent commute from outside the MSA. A primary job is the highest paying job for an individual worker. Primary jobs are public- and private-sector jobs, one job per worker.
About the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Data
The LED partnership is the cornerstone of a program designed to develop new information about local labor markets. This partnership between state labor market information agencies and the Census Bureau supplies new measures known as Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI). The LED data compiled throughout this report by the U.S. Census Bureau is not reflective of labor market reports from other Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) programs.
Note: Federal government employment is not generally included in the QWI data. Exempted employment varies slightly from state to state due to variations in state unemployment laws, but generally also excludes many farmers and agricultural employees, domestic workers, self-employed non-agricultural workers, members of the Armed Services, some state and local government employees as well as certain types of nonprofit employers and religious organizations (which are given a choice of coverage or non-coverage in a number of states).
How is confidentiality addressed in the data?
The Census Bureau and the state partners are committed to protecting the confidentiality of the data in the LED files. Technically, the approach to avoid disclosure of individual information combines cell suppression methodology with the addition of statistical noise, controlling key measures to county employment levels as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
You can easily access the LED data tools on the U.S. Census Bureau's website. The Labor Market Information Center's economic analysts are familiar with the tools and are available to assist you. Please contact us as needed for assistance.
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