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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2016 to 2.2%. 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 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in March 2016, 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 October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
South Dakota 2.8% -0.1 -0.2
Sioux Falls 2.2% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 3,495 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,115 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 147. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 3,262 -11 -279

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
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 2.8% 2.2% 3,262
September
2016
5.0% 2.9% 2.2% 3,273
August
2016
4.9% 2.9% 2.3% 3,376
July
2016
4.9% 2.8% 2.2% 3,240
June
2016
4.9% 2.7% 2.3% 3,403
May
2016
4.7% 2.5% 2.2% 3,170
April
2016
5.0% 2.5% 2.1% 3,134
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

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.