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 June 2015 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 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 1.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in July 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
South Dakota 3.8% 0.0 +0.4

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to June 2015

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 5,449 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 14,771 in September 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,591. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 17,362 +153 +2,337

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Dakota from 1990 to June 2015

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
June 2015 5.3% 3.8% 17,362
May 2015 5.5% 3.8% 17,209
April 2015 5.4% 3.6% 16,411
March 2015 5.5% 3.5% 15,995
February 2015 5.5% 3.4% 15,353
January 2015 5.7% 3.4% 15,141
December 2014 5.6% 3.3% 15,026
November 2014 5.8% 3.3% 14,916
October 2014 5.7% 3.3% 14,828
September 2014 5.9% 3.3% 14,771
August 2014 6.1% 3.3% 14,777
July 2014 6.2% 3.3% 14,867