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March 2014 South Dakota statewide data just released

Note: The following data release includes March 2014 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of March 2014 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be on April 25, with the publication of the South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. March 2014 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. Seasonally adjusted March 2014 labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas will be available April 29, 2014.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the March 2014 South Dakota labor force up over the month, with the level of employed increasing by 1,100 (0.3 percent). The level of unemployed increased by 500 (3.0 percent).

Nationally, number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 10.5 million, and the unemployment rate held at 6.7 percent. Both measures have shown little movement since December 2013. Over the year, the number of unemployed persons and the unemployment rate were down by 1.2 million and 0.8 percentage point, respectively.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  March 2014   February 2014
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 156,227,000 145,742,000 10,486,000 6.7% 155,724,000 145,266,000 10,459,000 6.7%
South Dakota 453,100 436,200 16,900 3.7% 451,500 435,100 16,400 3.6%

South Dakota's March 2014 labor force of 453,100 increased compared to the March 2013 level of 448,100. The level of employed increased by 5,600 (1.3 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 700 persons (4.0 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  March 2014   March 2013
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 156,227,000 145,742,000 10,486,000 6.7% 155,099,000 143,393,000 11,706,000 7.5%
South Dakota 453,100 436,200 16,900 3.7% 448,100 430,600 17,600 3.9%

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 March 2014 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level decreased by 300 (0.1 percent) when comparing the February level of 419,900 to the preliminary March level of 419,600.

Over the year, the seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 2,800 workers (0.7 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the trade, transportation and utilities (900 workers or 1.1 percent), professional and business services (600 workers or 2.0 percent) and manufacturing (500 workers or 1.2 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
March*
2014
February
2014
March
2013
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 419,600 419,900 416,800 -0.1 0.7
Mining, Logging & Construction 21,100 21,100 21,000 0.0 0.5
Manufacturing 42,200 42,100 41,700 0.2 1.2
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 84,300 84,400 83,400 -0.1 1.1
  Wholesale Trade 20,600 20,500 19,700 0.5 4.6
  Retail Trade 51,000 51,300 51,100 -0.6 -0.2
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 12,700 12,600 12,600 0.8 0.8
Information 6,200 6,200 6,100 0.0 1.6
Financial Activities 29,600 29,500 29,500 0.3 0.3
Professional & Business Services 29,900 29,900 29,300 0.0 2.0
Educational & Health Services 68,300 68,500 67,900 -0.3 0.6
Educational Services  7,600 7,500 7,300 1.3 4.1
   Health Care & Social Assistance 60,700 61,000 60,600 -0.5 0.2
Leisure & Hospitality 44,600 44,700 44,600 -0.2 0.0
Other Services (except Public Administration) 15,900 16,100 15,900 -1.2 0.0
Government 77,500 77,400 77,400 0.1 0.1
  Federal Government 11,100 11,100 11,300 0.0 -1.8
  State Government 18,600 18,500 18,400 0.5 1.1
  Local Government 47,800 47,800 47,700 0.0 0.2

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 month, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 1,000 workers (0.2 percent) from February 2014 to March 2014.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 1,600 workers (0.4 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the trade, transportation and utilities (800 workers or 1.0 percent), wholesale trade (800 workers or 4.1 percent) and educational and health services (500 workers or 0.7 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
March*
2014
February
2014
March
2013
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 410,200 409,200 408,600 0.2 0.4
Mining, Logging & Construction 17,800 17,500 18,000 1.7 -1.1
Manufacturing 41,700 41,400 41,300 0.7 1.0
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 82,400 82,500 81,600 -0.1 1.0
  Wholesale Trade 20,400 20,100 19,600 1.5 4.1
  Retail Trade 49,600 50,100 49,700 -1.0 -0.2
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 12,400 12,300 12,300 0.8 0.8
Information 6,100 6,200 6,000 -1.6 1.7
Financial Activities 29,500 29,500 29,400 0.0 0.3
Professional & Business Services 29,100 29,100 28,800 0.0 1.0
Educational & Health Services 68,500 68,500 68,000 0.0 0.7
Educational Services  7,900 7,800 7,600 1.3 3.9
   Health Care & Social Assistance 60,600 60,700 60,400 -0.2 0.3
      Hospitals 23,700 23,700 23,600 0.0 0.4
Leisure & Hospitality 40,700 40,200 41,400 1.2 -1.7
Other Services (except Public Administration) 15,700 15,900 15,700 -1.3 0.0
Government 78,700 78,400 78,400 0.4 0.4
  Federal Government 11,000 11,000 11,200 0.0 -1.8
  State Government 19,200 19,200 19,000 0.0 1.1
  Local Government 48,500 48,200 48,200 0.6 0.6

*Note: All March 2014 data in the tables and narrative above is preliminary and subject to revision.

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in March 2014, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available April 25 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 February

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 47,005
in February 2014. 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.) Please note: A new methodology was recently adopted for estimating labor supply. Learn more about the improved methodology which incorporates the most appropriate and recent data inputs available.

South Dakota Labor Supply
February 2014

February 2014 labor supply estimates by county for South Dakota

Labor Force

This data is seasonally adjusted.

Preliminary estimates show the February 2014 South Dakota labor force up over the month, with the level of employed increasing by 1,200 (0.3 percent). The level of unemployed increased by 500 (3.1 percent).

Nationally, both the number of unemployed persons (10.5 million) and the unemployment rate (6.7 percent) changed little from January to February. The jobless rate has shown little movement since December. Over the year, the number of unemployed persons and the unemployment rate were down by 1.6 million and 1.0 percentage point, respectively.

South Dakota's February 2014 labor force of 451,600 increased compared to the February 2013 level of 447,900. The level of employed increased by 5,000 (1.2 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 1,300 persons (7.3 percent).

South Dakota Unemployment Rates by County
Not seasonally adjusted
February 2014

February 2014 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, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 1,900 workers (0.5 percent) from January 2014 to February 2014.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 3,800 workers (0.9 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the trade, transportation and utilities (1,400 workers or 1.7 percent), wholesale trade (800 workers or 4.1 percent) and educational and health services (700 workers or 1.0 percent) industry sectors.

Find nonfarm worker data for areas within South Dakota.

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See more information on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) Program, including definitions.


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