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Rapid City, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rapid City fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Rapid City peaked in December 2009 at 5.4% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Rapid City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
South Dakota 3.5% 0.0 +0.6
Rapid City 3.6% 0.0 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Rapid City, South Dakota, National

Rapid City, South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Rapid City, South Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rapid City peaked in December 2009 at 3,847. There are now 1,159 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,068 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 620. Rapid City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rapid City, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Rapid City 2,688 +50 +501

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rapid City, South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Rapid City
Unemployment Rate
Rapid City
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.6% 2,688
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.6% 2,638
September
2017
4.2% 3.4% 3.5% 2,618
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 3.7% 2,763
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 3.4% 2,492
June
2017
4.3% 3.0% 3.2% 2,358
May
2017
4.3% 2.9% 3.1% 2,271
April
2017
4.4% 2.8% 3.0% 2,216
March
2017
4.5% 2.8% 2.9% 2,114
February
2017
4.7% 2.8% 3.0% 2,204
January
2017
4.8% 2.9% 3.1% 2,246

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.