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 January 2017 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 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 2.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0 +0.2

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2017

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 9,793 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 12,263 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 755. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 13,018 -82 +662

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Dakota from 1990 to January 2017

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 2.9% 13,018
December 2016 4.7% 2.9% 13,100
November 2016 4.6% 2.9% 13,125
October 2016 4.8% 2.9% 13,143
September 2016 4.9% 2.9% 13,154
August 2016 4.9% 2.9% 13,134
July 2016 4.9% 2.9% 13,038
June 2016 4.9% 2.8% 12,853
May 2016 4.7% 2.8% 12,621
April 2016 5.0% 2.7% 12,409
March 2016 5.0% 2.7% 12,281