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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 2.5%. 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 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in November 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Sioux Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
South Dakota 2.9% -0.1 -0.4
Sioux Falls 2.5% +0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 6,757. There are now 3,026 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,435 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 296. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 3,731 +294 -394

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
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 2.9% 2.5% 3,731
November
2015
5.0% 3.0% 2.3% 3,437
October
2015
5.0% 3.2% 2.4% 3,435
September
2015
5.1% 3.5% 2.7% 3,987
August
2015
5.1% 3.7% 2.8% 4,050
July
2015
5.3% 3.8% 2.9% 4,207
June
2015
5.3% 3.8% 3.0% 4,344
May
2015
5.5% 3.8% 3.2% 4,625
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

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.