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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 May 2015 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux Falls peaked in August 2009 at 5.3% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in July 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Sioux Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
South Dakota 3.8% +0.2 +0.4
Sioux Falls 3.2% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 2,131 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,846 in August 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 780. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 4,626 +181 +597

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
May
2015
5.5% 3.8% 3.2% 4,626
April
2015
5.4% 3.6% 3.1% 4,445
March
2015
5.5% 3.5% 3.1% 4,467
February
2015
5.5% 3.4% 3.0% 4,315
January
2015
5.7% 3.4% 2.9% 4,201
December
2014
5.6% 3.3% 2.9% 4,125
November
2014
5.8% 3.3% 2.8% 4,015
October
2014
5.7% 3.3% 2.7% 3,899
September
2014
5.9% 3.3% 2.7% 3,849
August
2014
6.1% 3.3% 2.7% 3,846
July
2014
6.2% 3.3% 2.7% 3,865
June
2014
6.1% 3.4% 2.8% 3,932

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.