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December South Dakota statewide data just released

Please note: The following data release includes December 2017 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of December 2017 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be Jan. 26, 2018, with the publication of the January 2018 South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. December 2017 not seasonally adjusted data will also be available in the virtual Labor Market System at that time. The release of December 2017 seasonally adjusted labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2018.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the December 2017 South Dakota labor force increased over the month by 300 workers (0.1%) to 459,800 workers. The level of unemployed was unchanged and remained at 16,100.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  December 2017   November 2017
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 160,597,000 154,021,000 6,576,000 4.1% 160,533,000 153,917,000 6,616,000 4.1%
South Dakota 459,800 443,700 16,100 3.5% 459,500 443,400 16,100 3.5%

South Dakota's December 2017 labor force of 459,800 increased compared to the December 2016 level of 454,000. The level of employed increased by 2,800 (0.6 percent); the level of unemployed increased by 3,000 persons (22.9 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  December 2017   December 2016
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 160,597,000 154,021,000 6,576,000 4.1% 159,736,000 152,233,000 7,502,000 4.7%
South Dakota 459,800 443,700 16,100 3.5% 454,000 440,900 13,100 2.9%

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 December 2017 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level increased by 3,100 workers (0.7 percent) to 439,400.

Over the year, the total seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 4,000 workers (0.9 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the Manufacturing (1,400 workers or 3.4 percent) and Education and Health Services (1,200 workers or 1.7 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)
  % Change From
  December*
2017
November
2017
December
2016
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 439,400 436,300 435,400 0.7 0.9
 Mining, Logging and Construction 24,000 23,800 23,900 0.8 0.4
 Manufacturing 42,900 42,300 41,500 1.4 3.4
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 87,400 87,000 89,100 0.5 -1.9
   Wholesale Trade 21,000 20,900 21,300 0.5 -1.4
   Retail Trade 52,300 51,800 54,300 1.0 -3.7
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 14,100 14,300 13,500 -1.4 4.4
 Information 5,900 6,000 5,800 -1.7 1.7
 Financial Activities 30,100 30,000 29,600 0.3 1.7
 Professional and Business Services 31,800 31,100 31,600 2.3 0.6
 Educational and Health Services 72,300 72,300 71,100 0.0 1.7
   Educational Services  7,700 7,600 7,500 1.3 2.7
   Health Care and Social Assistance 64,600 64,700 63,600 -0.2 1.6
 Leisure and Hospitality 48,200 46,900 47,800 2.8 0.8
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,100 16,400 16,000 -1.8 0.6
Government 80,700 80,500 79,000 0.2 2.2
  Federal Government 11,700 11,800 11,700 -0.8 0.0
  State Government 18,700 18,500 18,600 1.1 0.5
  Local Government 50,300 50,200 48,700 0.2 3.3

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 decreased by 1,100 workers (0.3 percent) from November 2017 to December 2017.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted total worker level increased by 3,100 workers (0.7 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within Manufacturing (1,700 workers or 4.1 percent), Education and Health Services (800 workers or 1.1 percent) and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (500 workers 3.6 percent).

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
    % Change From
December*
2017
November
2017
December
2016
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total Non-farm 436,300 437,400 433,200 -0.3 0.7
 Mining, Logging and Construction 22,800 24,600 22,400 -7.3 1.8
  Mining and Logging 1,000 1,000 900 0.0 11.1
  Construction 21,800 23,600 21,500 -7.6 1.4
   Construction of Buildings 5,700 6,100 5,600 -6.6 1.8
   Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 3,500 4,200 3,400 -16.7 2.9
   Specialty Trade Contractors 12,600 13,300 12,500 -5.3 0.8
 Manufacturing 42,800 42,500 41,100 0.7 4.1
   Durable Goods 27,700 27,500 26,500 0.7 4.5
   Non-Durable Goods 15,100 15,000 14,600 0.7 3.4
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 88,000 87,400 89,900 0.7 -2.1
   Wholesale Trade 20,900 20,800 21,300 0.5 -1.9
   Retail Trade 52,800 52,200 54,800 1.2 -3.7
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 14,300 14,400 13,800 -0.7 3.6
 Information 5,900 6,000 5,900 -1.7 0.0
 Financial Activities 30,000 29,800 29,900 0.7 0.3
 Professional and Business Services 31,700 31,300 31,500 1.3 0.6
 Education and Health Services 72,500 72,500 71,700 0.0 1.1
   Educational Services  8,000 8,000 7,900 0.0 1.3
   Health Care and Social Assistance 64,500 64,500 63,800 0.0 1.1
     Hospitals 25,100 24,900 24,800 0.8 1.2
 Leisure and Hospitality 44,800 45,100 44,400 -0.7 0.9
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,100 16,300 15,900 -1.2 1.3
Government 81,700 81,900 80,500 -0.2 1.5
  Federal Government 11,800 11,700 11,900 0.9 -0.8
  State Government 18,900 19,300 19,000 -2.1 -0.5
     State Government Educational Services 10,100 10,500 10,100 -3.8 0.0
  Local Government 51,000 50,900 49,600 0.2 2.8
     Local Government Educational Services 27,700 27,800 27,300 -0.4 1.5

*Note: All December 2017 data in the tables and narrative above is preliminary and subject to revision.

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in December 2017, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available Jan. 26, 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.