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Labor Market Information Center

May South Dakota statewide data just released

Please note: The following data release includes May 2019 seasonally adjusted statewide labor force and both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted statewide nonfarm data. The full release of May 2019 labor force and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm wage and salaried worker data for all areas will be June 28, 2019, with the publication of the June 2019 South Dakota e-Labor Bulletin. May 2019 not seasonally adjusted data will also be available in the virtual Labor Market System at that time. The release of May 2019 seasonally adjusted labor force data for the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas is scheduled for July 3, 2019.

Labor Force

Preliminary estimates show the May 2019 South Dakota labor force increased over the month by 300 workers (0.1 percent) to 465,000 workers. The level of unemployed increased by 100 workers (0.8 percent) to 13,300 workers.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  May 2019   April 2019
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 162,646,000 156,758,000 5,888,000 3.6% 162,470,000 156,645,000 5,824,000 3.6%
South Dakota 465,000 451,800 13,300 2.9% 464,700 451,500 13,200 2.8%

South Dakota's May 2019 labor force of 465,000 increased compared to the May 2018 level of 458,400. The level of employed increased by 7,400 (1.7 percent); the level of unemployed decreased by 700 persons (5.0 percent).

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force
  May 2019   May 2018
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
United States 162,646,000 156,758,000 5,888,000 3.6% 161,667,000 155,539,000 6,128,000 3.8%
South Dakota 465,000 451,800 13,300 2.9% 458,400 444,400 14,000 3.1%

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 2019 nonfarm worker data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Over the month, the seasonally adjusted worker level increased by 400 workers (0.1 percent) to 446,300 workers.

Over the year, the total seasonally adjusted nonfarm worker level increased by 8,400 workers (1.9 percent). The largest
number of jobs were added within Manufacturing (2,200 workers or 5.0 percent), Wholesale Trade (1,600 workers or 7.7
percent) and Health Care and Social Assistance (1,300 workers or 2.0 percent).

South Dakota
(Seasonally Adjusted)
  % Change From
  May*
2019
April
2019
May
2018
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total Nonfarm 446,300 445,900 437,900 0.1 1.9
 Mining, Logging and Construction 24,400 24,000 23,900 1.7 2.1
   Mining and Logging 1,000 900 1,000 11.1 0.0
   Construction 23,400 23,100 22,900 1.3 2.2
 Manufacturing 46,200 45,900 44,000 0.7 5.0
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 89,200 89,400 86,600 -0.2 3.0
   Wholesale Trade 22,500 22,300 20,900 0.9 7.7
   Retail Trade 52,700 53,100 52,300 -0.8 0.8
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 14,000 14,000 13,400 0.0 4.5
 Information 5,500 5,500 5,600 0.0 -1.8
 Financial Activities 28,900 29,000 29,300 -0.3 -1.4
 Professional and Business Services 33,100 33,700 32,200 -1.8 2.8
 Education and Health Services 73,800 73,700 72,600 0.1 1.7
   Educational Services  7,300 7,400 7,400 -1.4 -1.4
   Health Care and Social Assistance 66,500 66,300 65,200 0.3 2.0
 Leisure and Hospitality 47,700 47,400 47,500 0.6 0.4
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 17,400 17,400 16,700 0.0 4.2
Government 80,100 79,900 79,500 0.3 0.8
  Federal Government 11,200 11,100 11,300 0.9 -0.9
  State Government 18,500 18,500 18,500 0.0 0.0
  Local Government 50,400 50,300 49,700 0.2 1.4

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 increased by 9,900 workers (2.2 percent) from April 2019 to May 2019.

Over the year, the not seasonally adjusted total worker level increased by 8,300 workers (1.9 percent). The largest number of jobs were added within Manufacturing (2,200 workers or 5.0 percent), Wholesale Trade (1,800 workers or 8.5 percent) and Health Care and Social Assistance (1,500 workers or 2.3 percent).

South Dakota
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
    % Change From
May*
2019
April
2019
May
2018
Last
Month
Last
Year
Total Nonfarm 451,700 441,800 443,400 2.2 1.9
 Mining, Logging and Construction 25,100 22,600 24,900 11.1 0.8
  Mining and Logging 1,000 900 1,000 11.1 0.0
  Construction 24,100 21,700 23,900 11.1 0.8
   Construction of Buildings 6,000 5,600 6,000 7.1 0.0
   Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 3,800 3,100 4,000 22.6 -5.0
   Specialty Trade Contractors 14,300 13,000 13,900 10.0 2.9
 Manufacturing 46,100 45,900 43,900 0.4 5.0
   Durable Goods 29,900 29,600 28,500 1.0 4.9
   Non-Durable Goods 16,200 16,300 15,400 -0.6 5.2
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities 90,000 88,400 87,200 1.8 3.2
   Wholesale Trade 23,000 22,400 21,200 2.7 8.5
   Retail Trade 53,200 52,400 52,500 1.5 1.3
   Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 13,800 13,600 13,500 1.5 2.2
 Information 5,600 5,500 5,600 1.8 0.0
 Financial Activities 28,900 28,900 29,300 0.0 -1.4
 Professional and Business Services 33,300 33,600 32,300 -0.9 3.1
 Education and Health Services 74,500 74,000 73,100 0.7 1.9
   Educational Services  7,600 7,700 7,700 -1.3 -1.3
   Health Care and Social Assistance 66,900 66,300 65,400 0.9 2.3
     Hospitals 25,900 25,800 25,400 0.4 2.0
 Leisure and Hospitality 49,000 45,000 48,700 8.9 0.6
 Other Services (except Public Administration) 17,400 17,300 16,800 0.6 3.6
Government 81,800 80,600 81,600 1.5 0.3
  Federal Government 11,200 11,000 11,300 1.8 -0.9
  State Government 18,800 19,100 19,200 -1.6 -2.1
     State Government Educational Services 9,800 10,200 9,900 -3.9 -1.0
  Local Government 51,800 50,500 51,100 2.6 1.4
     Local Government Educational Services 27,500 27,500 27,300 0.0 0.7

*Note: All May 2019 data in the tables and narrative above is preliminary and subject to revision.

A more comprehensive overview of the labor market in May 2019, including substate labor force and nonfarm industry data, will be available June 28, 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.