Department of Numbers

South Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Dakota fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2016 to 2.5%. The state unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Dakota peaked in January 2010 at 5.2% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
South Dakota 2.5% 0.0 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Dakota peaked in May 2009 at 22,811. There are now 11,439 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 11,372 -200 -3,156

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Dakota from 1990 to April 2016

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
April 2016 5.0% 2.5% 11,372
March 2016 5.0% 2.5% 11,572
February 2016 4.9% 2.7% 12,272
January 2016 4.9% 2.8% 12,635
December 2015 5.0% 2.9% 13,272
November 2015 5.0% 3.0% 13,411
October 2015 5.0% 3.0% 13,614
September 2015 5.1% 3.1% 13,851
August 2015 5.1% 3.1% 14,102
July 2015 5.3% 3.2% 14,317
June 2015 5.3% 3.2% 14,449
May 2015 5.5% 3.2% 14,498