Department of Numbers

South Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Dakota rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 1.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
South Dakota 3.5% +0.1 +0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2017

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 6,825 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 12,263 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,723. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 15,986 +228 +2,843

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Dakota from 1990 to October 2017

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 3.5% 15,986
September 2017 4.2% 3.4% 15,758
August 2017 4.4% 3.3% 15,322
July 2017 4.3% 3.1% 14,382
June 2017 4.4% 3.0% 13,650
May 2017 4.3% 2.9% 13,275
April 2017 4.4% 2.8% 13,010
March 2017 4.5% 2.8% 12,805
February 2017 4.7% 2.8% 12,934
January 2017 4.8% 2.9% 13,012
December 2016 4.7% 2.9% 13,100