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Rapid City, South Dakota Job Growth

There were 68,000 jobs in Rapid City, South Dakota in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 70,495 employed persons for the month. Rapid City added 100 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 39 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rapid City job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 68,000 +100 +2,100
CPS 70,495 -39 +1,304

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Rapid City, South Dakota Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Rapid City as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Rapid City, South Dakota

CES employment for Rapid City peaked in September 2016 at 69,000. Since then 1,000 jobs have been lost in Rapid City according to the employer survey. From a trough of 67,900 in November 2016, Rapid City has gained 100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 70,607 for Rapid City in April 2008. 112 jobs have been lost in Rapid City since then according to the household survey. From a October 2010 low of 66,192, Rapid City has added 4,303 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Rapid City, South Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 68,000 100 70,495 -39
November 2016 67,900 -600 70,534 0
October 2016 68,500 -500 70,534 376
September 2016 69,000 1,500 70,158 89
August 2016 67,500 -400 70,069 76
July 2016 67,900 0 69,993 387
June 2016 67,900 1,000 69,606 433
May 2016 66,900 600 69,173 -88
April 2016 66,300 400 69,261 -281
March 2016 65,900 400 69,542 182
February 2016 65,500 0 69,360 122
January 2016 65,500 -400 69,238 47