Department of Numbers

South Dakota Job Growth

There were 428,700 jobs in South Dakota in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 446,306 employed persons for the month. South Dakota added 400 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 548 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is South Dakota job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 428,700 +400 -13,800
CPS 446,306 +548 -3,784

South Dakota Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for South Dakota as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in South Dakota

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for South Dakota at 444,300. Since then 15,600 jobs have been lost in South Dakota according to the employer survey. From a trough of 402,500 in April 2020, South Dakota has gained 26,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in South Dakota reached a maximum of 453,878 in March 2020. 7,572 jobs have been lost in South Dakota since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 419,024, South Dakota has added 27,282 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

South Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 428,700 400 446,306 548
October 2020 428,300 -1,300 445,758 317
September 2020 429,600 6,400 445,441 7,138
August 2020 423,200 4,000 438,303 2,019
July 2020 419,200 2,600 436,284 1,143
June 2020 416,600 9,800 435,141 14,611
May 2020 406,800 4,300 420,530 1,506
April 2020 402,500 -38,500 419,024 -34,854
March 2020 441,000 -3,300 453,878 2,380
February 2020 444,300 300 451,498 809
January 2020 444,000 900 450,689 656
December 2019 443,100 600 450,033 -57