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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2017 to 2.9%. 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 5.3% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Sioux Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
South Dakota 3.4% +0.1 +0.5
Sioux Falls 2.9% -0.1 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October 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 2,393 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 1,059. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 4,364 -165 +921

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
October
2017
4.1% 3.5%
September
2017
4.2% 3.4% 2.9% 4,364
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 3.0% 4,529
July
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.7% 4,025
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

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.