Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux Falls peaked in August 2009 at 5.4% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in September 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Sioux Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
South Dakota 3.3% 0.0 -0.3
Sioux Falls 3.0% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 2,837 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,898 in October 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 179. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 4,077 +136 -89

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
February
2015
5.5% 3.4%
January
2015
5.7% 3.4%
December
2014
5.6% 3.3% 3.0% 4,077
November
2014
5.8% 3.3% 2.9% 3,941
October
2014
5.7% 3.3% 2.9% 3,898
September
2014
5.9% 3.3% 2.9% 4,022
August
2014
6.1% 3.3% 3.0% 4,135
July
2014
6.2% 3.3% 3.1% 4,258
June
2014
6.1% 3.4% 3.3% 4,452
May
2014
6.3% 3.4% 3.3% 4,542
April
2014
6.2% 3.4% 3.3% 4,493
March
2014
6.6% 3.5% 3.3% 4,411

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.