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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2014 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux Falls peaked in August 2009 at 5.4% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in November 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Sioux Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
South Dakota 3.8% +0.1 -0.1
Sioux Falls 3.3% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, National

Sioux Falls, South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Sioux Falls peaked in September 2009 at 6,914. There are now 2,363 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,166 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 385. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 4,551 +58 +1

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Sioux Falls
Unemployment Rate
Sioux Falls
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 3.8%
May
2014
6.3% 3.8% 3.3% 4,551
April
2014
6.3% 3.7% 3.3% 4,493
March
2014
6.7% 3.7% 3.3% 4,411
February
2014
6.7% 3.6% 3.2% 4,288
January
2014
6.6% 3.6% 3.2% 4,214
December
2013
6.7% 3.6% 3.1% 4,166
November
2013
7.0% 3.6% 3.1% 4,206
October
2013
7.2% 3.7% 3.2% 4,251
September
2013
7.2% 3.7% 3.2% 4,304
August
2013
7.2% 3.8% 3.2% 4,363
July
2013
7.3% 3.8% 3.3% 4,422
June
2013
7.5% 3.9% 3.3% 4,484

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.