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 August 2014 to 3.6%. 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 May 2009 at 5.3% and is now 1.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in November 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
South Dakota 3.6% -0.1 -0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Dakota peaked in May 2009 at 23,493. There are now 7,493 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 15,981 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 19. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 16,000 -500 -1,024

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Dakota from 1990 to August 2014

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
September 2014 5.9%
August 2014 6.1% 3.6% 16,000
July 2014 6.2% 3.7% 16,500
June 2014 6.1% 3.8% 17,092
May 2014 6.3% 3.8% 17,344
April 2014 6.3% 3.7% 17,019
March 2014 6.7% 3.7% 16,872
February 2014 6.7% 3.6% 16,429
January 2014 6.6% 3.6% 16,039
December 2013 6.7% 3.6% 15,981
November 2013 7.0% 3.6% 16,121
October 2013 7.2% 3.7% 16,492
September 2013 7.2% 3.7% 16,698