Department of Labor and Regulation

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For Immediate Release: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605.773.3094

State Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.9 Percent

PIERRE, S.D. -- Preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show South Dakota's unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in July.

South Dakota's July 2013 labor force of 449,000 increased by 6,600 (1.6 percent) compared to the July 2012 level of 445,000. The level of unemployed decreased by 2,600 people (13.0 percent). The unemployment rate was down over the year from 4.5 percent to 3.9 percent.

"We continue to experience a strengthening economy," said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Pam Roberts. "Employers are hiring more workers than they were a year ago."

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker level was unchanged when comparing the revised June level to the preliminary July level of 418,400.

Over the year, the seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 4,500 workers (1.1 percent). The largest number of jobs was added in the trade, transportation and utilities (3,200 workers or 3.9 percent); leisure and hospitality (1,700 workers or 3.8 percent); and educational and health services (800 workers or 1.2 percent) industry sectors.

See more information on South Dakota's labor market.

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Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
 
July 2013
June 2013
July 2012
United States
Labor Force 155,798,000 155,835,000 154,995,000
Employed 144,285,000 144,058,000 142,250,000
Unemployed 11,514,000 11,777,000 12,745,000
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.6% 8.2%
South Dakota
Labor Force 449,000 449,500 445,000
Employed 431,600 431,800 425,000
Unemployed 17,400 17,700 20,000
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 3.9% 4.5%

 

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)
 
% Change From
 
July*
2013
June
2013
July
2012
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total 418,400 418,400 413,900 0.0 1.1
 Mining, Logging & Construction 19,400 19,900 20,800 -2.5 -6.7
 Manufacturing 41,600 41,900 41,400 -0.7 0.5
 Trade, Transportation & Utilities 86,200 85,200 83,000 1.2 3.9
   Wholesale Trade 19,500 19,500 19,500 0.0 0.0
   Retail Trade 54,100 53,300 50,900 1.5 6.3
   Transportation, Warehousing &
     Utilities
12,600 12,400 12,600 1.6 0.0
 Information 6,100 6,000 6,200 1.7 -1.6
  Financial Activities 29,700 29,600 28,800 0.3 3.1
  Professional & Business
   Services
28,300 28,000 29,100 1.1 -2.7
  Educational & Health Services 68,300 68,700 67,500 -0.6 1.2
    Educational Services 7,200 7,300 7,400 -1.4 -2.7
    Health Care & Social Assistance 61,100 61,400 60,100 -0.5 1.7
  Leisure & Hospitality 45,900 46,000 44,200 -0.2 3.8
  Other Services (except Public
    Administration)
15,600 15,700 15,900 -0.6 -1.9
 Government 77,300 77,400 77,000 -0.1 0.4
   Federal Government 10,800 11,100 11,500 -2.7 -6.1
   State Government 18,300 18,000 18,400 1.7 -0.5
   Local Government 48,200 48,300 47,100 -0.2 2.3

 

 

 

 


Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184