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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2017 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux Falls peaked in August 2009 at 5.3% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Sioux Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.6
South Dakota 3.1% +0.1 +0.2
Sioux Falls 2.7% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2017 data as August 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 6,757. There are now 2,723 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,305 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 729. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 4,034 +232 +639

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
August
2017
4.4% 3.3%
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.7% 4,034
June
2017
4.4% 3.0% 2.6% 3,802
May
2017
4.3% 2.9% 2.5% 3,680
April
2017
4.4% 2.8% 2.4% 3,573
March
2017
4.5% 2.8% 2.3% 3,471
February
2017
4.7% 2.8% 2.4% 3,593
January
2017
4.8% 2.9% 2.4% 3,575
December
2016
4.7% 2.9% 2.5% 3,666
November
2016
4.6% 2.9% 2.4% 3,574
October
2016
4.8% 2.9% 2.4% 3,475
September
2016
4.9% 2.9% 2.3% 3,443

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.