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July South Dakota statewide data just released

Please note: The following data release includes July 2018 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of July 2018 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be Aug. 24, 2018, with the publication of the August 2018 South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. July 2018 not seasonally adjusted data will also be available in the virtual Labor Market System at that time. The release of August 2018 seasonally adjusted labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas is scheduled for Aug. 29, 2018.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the July 2018 South Dakota labor force decreased over the month by 300 workers (0.1 percent) to 459,200 workers. The level of unemployed decreased by 400 workers (2.7 percent) to 14,400 workers.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  July 2018   June 2018
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 162,245,000 155,965,000 6,280,000 3.9% 162,140,000 155,576,000 6,564,000 4.0%
South Dakota 459,200 444,800 14,400 3.1% 459,500 444,700 14,800 3.2%

South Dakota's July 2018 labor force of 459,200 increased compared to the July 2017 level of 455,400. The level of employed increased by 4,700 (1.1 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 900 persons (5.9 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  July 2018   July 2017
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 162,245,000 155,965,000 6,280,000 3.9% 160,467,000 153,511,000 6,956,000 4.3%
South Dakota 459,200 444,800 14,400 3.1% 455,400 440,100 15,300 3.4%

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 July 2018 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level decreased by 400 workers (0.1 percent) to 439,400.

Over the year, the total seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 5,900 workers (1.4 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the Manufacturing (1,600 workers or 3.7 percent), Professional and Business Services (1,500 workers or 4.9 percent) and Mining, Logging and Construction (1,300 workers or 5.6 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)
  % Change From
  July*
2018
June
2018
July
2017
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 439,400 439,800 433,500 -0.1 1.4
 Mining, Logging and Construction 24,400 24,200 23,100 0.8 5.6
 Manufacturing 44,700 44,400 43,100 0.7 3.7
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 86,500 86,400 87,000 0.1 -0.6
   Wholesale Trade 20,500 20,700 20,900 -1.0 -1.9
   Retail Trade 51,900 51,600 52,800 0.6 -1.7
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 14,100 14,100 13,300 0.0 6.0
 Information 5,700 5,800 5,700 -1.7 0.0
 Financial Activities 29,200 29,500 29,200 -1.0 0.0
 Professional and Business Services 32,400 32,700 30,900 -0.9 4.9
 Educational and Health Services 72,500 72,600 71,800 -0.1 1.0
   Educational Services  7,100 7,200 7,300 -1.4 -2.7
   Health Care and Social Assistance 65,400 65,400 64,500 0.0 1.4
 Leisure and Hospitality 47,000 47,000 46,800 0.0 0.4
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 17,500 17,500 16,700 0.0 4.8
Government 79,500 79,700 79,200 -0.3 0.4
  Federal Government 11,400 11,500 11,400 -0.9 0.0
  State Government 18,500 18,400 18,400 0.5 0.5
  Local Government 49,600 49,800 49,400 -0.4 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 page for an explanation of seasonal adjustment.

Over the month, the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level decreased by 5,300 workers (1.2 percent) from June 2018 to July 2018.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted total worker level increased by 9,400 workers (2.1 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within Leisure and Hospitality (2,400 workers or 4.7 percent), Manufacturing (1,900 workers or 4.4 percent) and Professional and Business Services (1,600 workers or 5.1 percent).

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
    % Change From
July*
2018
June
2018
July
2017
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total Non-farm 447,700 453,000 438,300 -1.2 2.1
 Mining, Logging and Construction 27,000 26,200 25,800 3.1 4.7
  Mining and Logging 1,000 1,000 1,100 0.0 -9.1
  Construction 26,000 25,200 24,700 3.2 5.3
   Construction of Buildings 6,300 6,000 6,200 5.0 1.6
   Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 4,600 4,400 4,300 4.6 7.0
   Specialty Trade Contractors 15,100 14,800 14,200 2.0 6.3
 Manufacturing 45,400 45,100 43,500 0.7 4.4
   Durable Goods 29,400 29,100 27,900 1.0 5.4
   Non-Durable Goods 16,000 16,000 15,600 0.0 2.6
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 87,900 87,900 88,100 0.0 -0.2
   Wholesale Trade 20,800 21,000 21,200 -1.0 -1.9
   Retail Trade 53,100 52,800 53,700 0.6 -1.1
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 14,000 14,100 13,200 -0.7 6.1
 Information 5,800 5,800 5,800 0.0 0.0
 Financial Activities 29,700 30,000 29,500 -1.0 0.7
 Professional and Business Services 33,200 33,300 31,600 -0.3 5.1
 Education and Health Services 71,800 72,500 71,400 -1.0 0.6
   Educational Services  6,200 6,800 6,400 -8.8 -3.1
   Health Care and Social Assistance 65,600 65,700 65,000 -0.2 0.9
     Hospitals 26,100 26,000 25,400 0.4 2.8
 Leisure and Hospitality 53,100 52,500 50,700 1.1 4.7
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 18,300 18,400 17,200 -0.5 6.4
Government 75,500 81,300 74,700 -7.1 1.1
  Federal Government 11,400 11,800 11,400 -3.4 0.0
  State Government 16,900 17,000 16,900 -0.6 0.0
     State Government Educational Services 7,300 7,400 7,300 -1.4 0.0
  Local Government 47,200 52,500 46,400 -10.1 1.7
     Local Government Educational Services 21,200 26,500 20,700 -20.0 2.4

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

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in July 2018, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available Aug. 24, 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.