Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Labor Market Information Center

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Employment Projections

How are "high demand" occupations defined?

General Topics

How do I use labor market information?

When is the next monthly release of data?

Labor Force & Unemployment Rates

How are labor force data developed?

What's the current unemployment rate for South Dakota?

What's the current unemployment rate in ____________ County?

What does "seasonally adjusted" mean?

Why aren't labor force data available for Native American reservations?

Specific Employers

Who are South Dakota's largest employers?

Can the Labor Market Information Center release names and contact information of employers?

Wages, Earnings & Income

How are "high wage" occupations defined?

How is labor market information used to calculate the maximum weekly unemployment benefit amount?

What are the occupational wages published on this website based on?

What is the SD average wage for the occupation of ____________?

What's the current annual pay in South Dakota?

What are the differences between wage data and average annual pay?

Whom should I contact regarding federal Davis Bacon wages for South Dakota?

Workers by Industry

What are the differences among the concepts used in the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program, the Current Population Survey and the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages? (Adobe PDF format)

What does "seasonally adjusted" mean?

Why is data not available specifically for the tourism industry?

Other Resources

Also see our LMI Myth Busting Series page.