Department of Numbers

South Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Dakota rose 0.2 percentage points in June 2016 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 2.2 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 June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% +0.2 -0.4
South Dakota 2.7% +0.2 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to June 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 10,560 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 11,375 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 876. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 12,251 +697 -2,198

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
June 2016 4.9% 2.7% 12,251
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
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