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 December 2015 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 2.1 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. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
South Dakota 2.9% -0.1 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 9,370 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 13,441 -251 -1,585

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 2.9% 13,441
November 2015 5.0% 3.0% 13,692
October 2015 5.0% 3.2% 14,699
September 2015 5.1% 3.5% 15,926
August 2015 5.1% 3.7% 16,643
July 2015 5.3% 3.8% 17,261
June 2015 5.3% 3.8% 17,359
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