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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2016 to 2.1%. 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 3.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sioux Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
South Dakota 2.5% -0.2 -0.7
Sioux Falls 2.1% -0.2 -0.6
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 3,642 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 3,115 -299 -814

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
March
2016
5.0% 2.5% 2.1% 3,115
February
2016
4.9% 2.7% 2.3% 3,414
January
2016
4.9% 2.8% 2.3% 3,425
December
2015
5.0% 2.9% 2.5% 3,682
November
2015
5.0% 3.0% 2.5% 3,586
October
2015
5.0% 3.0% 2.4% 3,541
September
2015
5.1% 3.1% 2.5% 3,584
August
2015
5.1% 3.1% 2.5% 3,649
July
2015
5.3% 3.2% 2.6% 3,726
June
2015
5.3% 3.2% 2.7% 3,819
May
2015
5.5% 3.2% 2.7% 3,843
April
2015
5.4% 3.2% 2.7% 3,835

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.