Department of Numbers

South Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Dakota fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2016 to 2.7%. 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 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in March 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 November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.6% -0.2 -0.4
South Dakota 2.7% -0.1 -0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 10,274 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 11,375 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,162. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 12,537 -360 -874

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
December 2016 4.7%
November 2016 4.6% 2.7% 12,537
October 2016 4.8% 2.8% 12,897
September 2016 4.9% 2.9% 13,082
August 2016 4.9% 2.9% 13,134
July 2016 4.9% 2.8% 12,801
June 2016 4.9% 2.7% 12,255
May 2016 4.7% 2.5% 11,554
April 2016 5.0% 2.5% 11,375
March 2016 5.0% 2.5% 11,572
February 2016 4.9% 2.7% 12,272
January 2016 4.9% 2.8% 12,635