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Labor Market Information Center

May South Dakota statewide data just released

Please note: The following data release includes May 2018 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of May 2018 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be June 22, 2018, with the publication of the June 2018 South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. May 2018 not seasonally adjusted data will also be available in the virtual Labor Market System at that time. The release of May 2018 seasonally adjusted labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas is scheduled for June 27, 2018.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the May 2018 South Dakota labor force decreased over the month by 100 workers (0.0%) to 459,600 workers. The level of unemployed decreased by 300 workers (1.9%) to 15,200 workers.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  May 2018   April 2018
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 161,539,000 155,474,000 6,065,000 3.8% 161,527,000 155,181,000 6,346,000 3.9%
South Dakota 459,600 444,400 15,200 3.3% 459,700 444,100 15,500 3.4%

South Dakota's May 2018 labor force of 459,600 increased compared to the May 2017 level of 454,700. The level of employed increased by 4,700 (1.1%); the level of unemployed increased by 300 persons (2.0%).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  May 2018   May 2017
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 161,539,000 155,474,000 6,065,000 3.8% 159,729,000 152,892,000 6,837,000 4.3%
South Dakota 459,600 444,400 15,200 3.3% 454,700 439,700 14,900 3.3%

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

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level increased by 2,200 workers (0.5 percent) to 440,400.

Over the year, the total seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 6,100 workers (1.4 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the Manufacturing (1,700 workers or 4.0 percent), Professional and Business Services (1,600 workers or 5.1 percent) and Education and Health Services (1,400 workers or 2.0 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)
  % Change From
  May*
2018
April
2018
May
2017
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 440,400 438,200 434,300 0.5 1.4
 Mining, Logging and Construction 24,200 23,200 23,200 4.3 4.3
 Manufacturing 44,500 44,500 42,800 0.0 4.0
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 87,000 86,500 87,300 0.6 -0.3
   Wholesale Trade 20,700 20,500 21,000 1.0 -1.4
   Retail Trade 52,600 52,400 53,000 0.4 -0.8
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 13,700 13,600 13,300 0.7 3.0
 Information 5,700 5,600 5,700 1.8 0.0
 Financial Activities 29,700 29,800 29,300 -0.3 1.4
 Professional and Business Services 32,800 32,500 31,200 0.9 5.1
 Educational and Health Services 72,900 72,500 71,500 0.6 2.0
   Educational Services  7,300 7,300 7,400 0.0 -1.4
   Health Care and Social Assistance 65,600 65,200 64,100 0.6 2.3
 Leisure and Hospitality 45,700 45,800 47,100 -0.2 -3.0
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 17,200 17,200 16,700 0.0 3.0
Government 80,700 80,600 79,500 0.1 1.5
  Federal Government 11,400 11,400 11,400 0.0 0.0
  State Government 18,900 18,800 19,000 0.5 -0.5
  Local Government 50,400 50,400 49,100 0.0 2.6

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 11,000 workers (2.5 percent) from April 2018 to May 2018.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted total worker level increased by 5,900 workers (1.3 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within Manufacturing (1,900 workers or 4.4 percent), Professional and Business Services (1,500 workers or 4.8 percent) and Education and Health Services (1,500 workers or 2.1 percent).

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
    % Change From
May*
2018
April
2018
May
2017
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total Non-farm 445,300 434,300 439,400 2.5 1.3
 Mining, Logging and Construction 25,100 22,300 24,000 12.6 4.6
  Mining and Logging 1,000 900 1,000 11.1 0.0
  Construction 24,100 21,400 23,000 12.6 4.8
   Construction of Buildings 5,700 5,200 5,600 9.6 1.8
   Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 4,100 3,300 3,900 24.2 5.1
   Specialty Trade Contractors 14,300 12,900 13,500 10.9 5.9
 Manufacturing 44,700 44,400 42,800 0.7 4.4
   Durable Goods 28,900 28,700 27,500 0.7 5.1
   Non-Durable Goods 15,800 15,700 15,300 0.6 3.3
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 87,300 85,300 87,800 2.3 -0.6
   Wholesale Trade 20,900 20,600 21,300 1.5 -1.9
   Retail Trade 52,800 51,500 53,100 2.5 -0.6
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 13,600 13,200 13,400 3.0 1.5
 Information 5,800 5,600 5,800 3.6 0.0
 Financial Activities 29,800 29,600 29,300 0.7 1.7
 Professional and Business Services 32,900 32,400 31,400 1.5 4.8
 Education and Health Services 73,500 72,700 72,000 1.1 2.1
   Educational Services  7,600 7,500 7,800 1.3 -2.6
   Health Care and Social Assistance 65,900 65,200 64,200 1.1 2.7
     Hospitals 25,800 25,600 25,100 0.8 2.8
 Leisure and Hospitality 46,600 43,700 48,200 6.6 -3.3
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 17,300 17,100 16,800 1.2 3.0
Government 82,300 81,200 81,300 1.4 1.2
  Federal Government 11,400 11,300 11,400 0.9 0.0
  State Government 19,300 19,400 19,300 -0.5 0.0
     State Government Educational Services 9,900 10,300 9,800 -3.9 1.0
  Local Government 51,600 50,500 50,600 2.2 2.0
     Local Government Educational Services 27,800 27,900 27,100 -0.4 2.6

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

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in May 2018, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available June 22, 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.