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April 2016 South Dakota statewide data just released

Note: The following data release includes April 2016 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of April 2016 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be on May 27 with the publication of the May South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. April 2016 not seasonally adjusted data will also be published in the historical databases of labor force and nonfarm wage and salaried worker data at that time. The release of April 2016 seasonally adjusted labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas is scheduled for June 1.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the April 2016 South Dakota labor force unchanged over the month, with the level of employed increasing to 443,100. The level of unemployed decreased by 200 (1.7 percent).

Nationally, unemployment rate held at 5.0 percent in April, and the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 7.9 million. Both measures have shown little movement since August.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  April 2016   March 2016
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 158,924,000 151,004,000 7,920,000 5.0% 159,286,000 151,320,000 7,966,000 5.0%
South Dakota 454,500 443,100 11,400 2.5% 454,500 442,900 11,600 2.5%

South Dakota's April 2016 labor force of 454,500 increased compared to the April 2015 level of 452,000. The level of employed increased by 5,600 (1.3 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 3,100 persons (21.4 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  April 2016   April 2015
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 158,924,000 151,004,000 7,920,000 5.0% 157,032,000 148,509,000 8,523,000 5.4%
South Dakota 454,500 443,100 11,400 2.5% 452,000 437,500 14,500 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 April 2016 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level was 432,100.

Over the year, the total seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 4,100 workers (1.0 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the retail trade (1,800 workers or 3.4 percent), education and health services (1,100 workers or 1.6 percent), and leisure and hospitality (900 workers or 2.0 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
April
2016
March
2016
April
2015
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 432,100 432,300 428,000 0.0 1.0
Mining, Logging & Construction 24,500 24,600 23,300 -0.4 5.2
Manufacturing 41,000 41,500 42,800 -1.2 -4.2
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 89,800 89,800 87,300 0.0 2.9
  Wholesale Trade 21,600 21,600 21,100 0.0 2.4
  Retail Trade 54,600 54,700 52,800 -0.2 3.4
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 13,600 13,500 13,400 0.7 1.5
Information 6,100 6,000 6,000 1.7 1.7
Financial Activities 29,900 29,900 29,600 0.0 1.0
Professional & Business Services 30,800 31,000 30,400 -0.6 1.3
Educational & Health Services 70,200 69,800 69,100 0.6 1.6
   Educational Services  7,800 7,800 7,600 0.0 2.6
   Health Care & Social Assistance 62,400 62,000 61,500 0.6 1.5
Leisure & Hospitality 46,700 46,700 45,800 0.0 2.0
Other Services (except Public Administration) 15,300 15,400 15,900 -0.6 -3.8
Government 77,800 77,600 77,800 0.3 0.0
  Federal Government 11,000 11,100 11,000 -0.9 0.0
  State Government 18,300 18,300 18,500 0.0 -1.1
  Local Government 48,500 48,200 48,300 0.6 0.4

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

Over the month, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level increased by 5,000
workers (1.2 percent) from March 2016 to April 2016.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted total worker level increased by 2,900 workers (0.7 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within retail trade (1,700 workers or 3.3 percent), education and health services (1,100 workers or 1.6 percent), specialty trade contractors (1,000 workers or 7.9 percent), and construction (1,000 workers or 4.6 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

% Change From
April
2016
March
2016
April
2015
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 428,300 423,300 425,400 1.2 0.7
Mining, Logging and Construction 23,400 21,500 22,500 8.8 4.0
  Mining and Logging 800 800 900 0.0 -11.1
  Construction 22,600 20,700 21,600 9.2 4.6
      Construction of Buildings 5,500 5,100 5,400 7.8 1.9
      Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 3,400 2,500 3,500 36.0 -2.9
      Specialty Trade Contractors 13,700 13,100 12,700 4.6 7.9
Manufacturing 40,900 41,100 42,500 -0.5 -3.8
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 88,900 88,100 86,600 0.9 2.7
  Wholesale Trade 21,700 21,500 21,200 0.9 2.4
  Retail Trade 53,800 53,300 52,100 0.9 3.3
  Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 13,400 13,300 13,300 0.8 0.8
Information 6,000 5,900 5,900 1.7 1.7
Financial Activities 29,800 29,700 29,400 0.3 1.4
Professional & Business Services 30,600 30,200 30,500 1.3 0.3
Educational & Health Services 70,400 70,400 69,300 0.0 1.6
   Educational Services  8,100 8,200 7,800 -1.2 3.8
   Health Care & Social Assistance 62,300 62,200 61,500 0.2 1.3
      Hospitals 24,600 24,600 23,700 0.0 3.8
Leisure & Hospitality 44,400 42,600 44,100 4.2 0.7
Other Services (except Public Administration) 15,300 15,300 15,800 0.0 -3.2
Government 78,600 78,500 78,800 0.1 -0.3
  Federal Government 11,000 11,000 11,100 0.0 -0.9
  State Government 18,900 18,800 19,100 0.5 -1.0
     State Government Educational Services 10,000 10,000 10,100 0.0 -1.0
  Local Government 48,700 48,700 48,600 0.0 0.2
     Local Government Educational Services 26,900 27,000 26,500 -0.4 1.5
 
*Note: All April 2016 data in the tables and narrative above is preliminary and subject to revision.

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in April 2016, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available May 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. Below is the comprehensive overview of the labor market as it was published in the February e-Labor Bulletin.

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