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March South Dakota statewide data just released

Please note: The following data release includes March 2018 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of March 2018 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be April 27, 2018, with the publication of the April 2018 South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. March 2018 not seasonally adjusted data will also be available in the virtual Labor Market System at that time. The release of March 2018 seasonally adjusted labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas is scheduled for May 2, 2018.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the March 2018 South Dakota labor force increased over the month by 900 workers (0.2%) to 459,200 workers. The level of unemployed decreased 100 workers (0.6%) to 15,500 workers.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  March 2018   February 2018
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 161,763,000 155,178,000 6,585,000 4.1% 161,921,000 155,215,000 6,706,000 4.1%
South Dakota 459,200 443,700 15,500 3.4% 458,300 442,700 15,600 3.4%

South Dakota's March 2018 labor force of 459,200 increased compared to the March 2017 level of 454,100. The level of employed increased by 4,300 (1.0%); the level of unemployed increased by 800 persons (5.4%).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  March 2018   March 2017
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 161,763,000 155,178,000 6,585,000 4.1% 160,235,000 153,064,000 7,171,000 4.5%
South Dakota 459,200 443,700 15,500 3.4% 454,100 439,400 14,700 3.2%

The unemployment rate represents the number of unemployed as a percentage 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 2018 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level increased by 100 workers (0.0 percent) to 440,100.

Over the year, the total seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 6,300 workers (1.5 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the Manufacturing (2,400 workers or 5.6 percent) and Education and Health Services (1,300 workers or 1.8 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)
  % Change From
  March*
2018
February
2018
March
2017
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 440,100 440,000 433,800 0.0 1.5
 Mining, Logging and Construction 23,500 23,900 23,400 -1.7 0.4
 Manufacturing 44,900 44,600 42,500 0.7 5.6
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 86,900 87,000 87,500 -0.1 -0.7
   Wholesale Trade 20,800 20,800 21,000 0.0 -1.0
   Retail Trade 52,700 52,700 53,300 0.0 -1.1
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 13,400 13,500 13,200 -0.7 1.5
 Information 5,700 5,700 5,800 0.0 -1.7
 Financial Activities 29,800 29,700 29,300 0.3 1.7
 Professional and Business Services 32,400 32,400 31,400 0.0 3.2
 Educational and Health Services 72,700 72,500 71,400 0.3 1.8
   Educational Services  7,400 7,300 7,500 1.4 -1.3
   Health Care and Social Assistance 65,300 65,200 63,900 0.2 2.2
 Leisure and Hospitality 47,300 47,300 47,000 0.0 0.6
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,800 16,900 16,600 -0.6 1.2
Government 80,100 80,000 78,900 0.1 1.5
  Federal Government 11,300 11,300 11,400 0.0 -0.9
  State Government 18,600 18,600 18,500 0.0 0.5
  Local Government 50,200 50,100 49,000 0.2 2.4

The table above shows the seasonally adjusted data. A table displaying the not seasonally adjusted data can be found below. Visit our technical notes page for an explanation of seasonal adjustment.

Over the month, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 2,600 workers (0.6 percent) from February 2018 to March 2018.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted total worker level increased by 5,500 workers (1.3 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within Manufacturing (2,000 workers or 4.7 percent) and Education and Health Services (1,700 workers or 2.4 percent).

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
    % Change From
March*
2018
February
2018
March
2017
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total Non-farm 431,100 428,500 425,600 0.6 1.3
 Mining, Logging and Construction 21,100 20,700 20,500 1.9 2.9
  Mining and Logging 800 800 900 0.0 -11.1
  Construction 20,300 19,900 19,600 2.0 3.6
   Construction of Buildings 5,000 4,900 5,100 2.0 -2.0
   Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,700 2,500 2,700 8.0 0.0
   Specialty Trade Contractors 12,600 12,500 11,800 0.8 6.8
 Manufacturing 44,200 43,700 42,200 1.1 4.7
   Durable Goods 28,500 28,000 27,000 1.8 5.6
   Non-Durable Goods 15,700 15,700 15,200 0.0 3.3
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 85,600 85,500 85,900 0.1 -0.4
   Wholesale Trade 20,800 20,500 20,900 1.5 -0.5
   Retail Trade 51,700 51,600 52,000 0.2 -0.6
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 13,100 13,400 13,000 -2.2 0.8
 Information 5,600 5,700 5,700 -1.8 -1.8
 Financial Activities 29,600 29,400 29,000 0.7 2.1
 Professional and Business Services 31,700 31,800 30,900 -0.3 2.6
 Education and Health Services 73,100 72,300 71,400 1.1 2.4
   Educational Services  7,700 7,500 7,800 2.7 -1.3
   Health Care and Social Assistance 65,400 64,800 63,600 0.9 2.8
     Hospitals 25,600 25,400 25,000 0.8 2.4
 Leisure and Hospitality 43,100 42,600 43,900 1.2 -1.8
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,500 16,500 16,400 0.0 0.6
Government 80,600 80,300 79,700 0.4 1.1
  Federal Government 11,100 11,100 11,300 0.0 -1.8
  State Government 19,100 19,200 19,000 -0.5 0.5
     State Government Educational Services 10,300 10,300 10,200 0.0 1.0
  Local Government 50,400 50,000 49,400 0.8 2.0
     Local Government Educational Services 28,000 27,800 27,300 0.7 2.6

*Note: All March 2018 data in the tables and narrative above is preliminary and subject to revision.

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in March 2018, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available April 27, 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.