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October South Dakota statewide data just released

Please note: The following data release includes October 2017 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of October 2017 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be Nov. 22, 2017, with the publication of the November 2017 South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. October 2017 not seasonally adjusted data will also be available in the virtual Labor Market System at that time. The release of October 2017 seasonally adjusted labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas is scheduled for Nov. 30, 2017.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the October 2017 South Dakota labor force increased over the month by 300 workers (0.1%) to 459,100 workers. The level of unemployed increased by 200 (1.3 percent) to 16,000.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  October 2017   September 2017
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 160,381,000 153,861,000 6,520,000 4.1% 161,146,000 154,345,000 6,801,000 4.2%
South Dakota 459,100 443,100 16,000 3.5% 458,800 443,000 15,800 3.4%

South Dakota's October 2017 labor force of 459,100 increased compared to the October 2016 level of 454,000. The level of employed increased by 2,200 (0.5 percent); the level of unemployed increased by 2,900 persons (22.1 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  October 2017   October 2016
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 160,381,000 153,861,000 6,520,000 4.1% 159,643,000 151,902,000 7,740,000 4.8%
South Dakota 459,100 443,100 16,000 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 October 2017 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level decreased by 2,400 workers (0.5 percent) to 434,900.

Over the year, the total seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 600 workers (0.1 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within the Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (600 workers or 4.5 percent), Professional and Business Services (500 workers or 1.6 percent) and Financial Activities (500 workers or 1.7 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)
  % Change From
  October*
2017
September
2017
October
2016
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 434,900 437,300 434,300 -0.5 0.1
 Mining, Logging and Construction 23,400 23,300 23,700 0.4 -1.3
 Manufacturing 41,700 41,800 41,600 -0.2 0.2
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 87,500 89,100 89,100 -1.8 -1.8
   Wholesale Trade 21,200 21,400 21,300 -0.9 -0.5
   Retail Trade 52,400 53,600 54,500 -2.2 -3.9
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 13,900 14,100 13,300 -1.4 4.5
 Information 6,000 6,000 5,800 0.0 3.4
 Financial Activities 29,800 29,700 29,300 0.3 1.7
 Professional and Business Services 31,900 31,300 31,400 1.9 1.6
 Educational and Health Services 71,300 71,700 71,000 -0.6 0.4
   Educational Services  7,600 7,900 7,600 -3.8 0.0
   Health Care and Social Assistance 63,700 63,800 63,400 -0.2 0.5
 Leisure and Hospitality 46,900 47,300 47,600 -0.8 -1.5
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,300 16,500 16,200 -1.2 0.6
Government 80,100 80,600 78,600 -0.6 1.9
  Federal Government 11,900 11,800 11,300 0.8 5.3
  State Government 18,300 18,400 18,500 -0.5 -1.1
  Local Government 49,900 50,400 48,800 -1.0 2.3

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 800 workers (0.2 percent) from September 2017 to October 2017.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted total worker level increased by 600 workers (0.1 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (600 workers or 4.4 percent), Financial Activities (500 workers or 1.7 percent) and Professional and Business Services (500 workers or 1.6 percent) industry sectors.

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
    % Change From
October*
2017
September
2017
October
2016
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total Non-farm 438,500 439,300 437,900 -0.2 0.1
 Mining, Logging and Construction 24,700 24,900 25,000 -0.8 -1.2
  Mining and Logging 1,100 1,100 1,000 0.0 10.0
  Construction 23,600 23,800 24,000 -0.8 -1.7
   Construction of Buildings 6,000 6,100 6,000 -1.6 0.0
   Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 4,300 4,500 4,600 -4.4 -6.5
   Specialty Trade Contractors 13,300 13,200 13,400 0.8 -0.8
 Manufacturing 42,200 41,900 42,100 0.7 0.2
   Durable Goods 27,100 27,000 27,300 0.4 -0.7
   Non-Durable Goods 15,100 14,900 14,800 1.3 2.0
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 87,400 87,800 89,100 -0.5 -1.9
   Wholesale Trade 21,100 21,100 21,300 0.0 -0.9
   Retail Trade 52,200 52,400 54,300 -0.4 -3.9
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 14,100 14,300 13,500 -1.4 4.4
 Information 5,900 5,900 5,700 0.0 3.5
 Financial Activities 29,800 29,900 29,300 -0.3 1.7
 Professional and Business Services 31,800 31,400 31,300 1.3 1.6
 Education and Health Services 71,400 71,100 71,100 0.4 0.4
   Educational Services  7,900 7,700 7,900 2.6 0.0
   Health Care and Social Assistance 63,500 63,400 63,200 0.2 0.5
     Hospitals 24,800 24,900 24,500 -0.4 1.2
 Leisure and Hospitality 47,300 49,400 47,900 -4.3 -1.3
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 16,300 16,100 16,200 1.2 0.6
Government 81,700 80,900 80,200 1.0 1.9
  Federal Government 11,900 11,900 11,300 0.0 5.3
  State Government 19,100 19,200 19,300 -0.5 -1.0
     State Government Educational Services 10,300 10,100 10,300 2.0 0.0
  Local Government 50,700 49,800 49,600 1.8 2.2
     Local Government Educational Services 27,500 26,100 27,200 5.4 1.1

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

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