Department of Numbers

South Dakota Job Growth

There were 431,800 jobs in South Dakota in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 458,115 employed persons for the month. South Dakota lost 200 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 2,082 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is South Dakota job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 431,800 -200 -11,000
CPS 458,115 +2,082 +8,375

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 442,800. Since then 11,000 jobs have been lost in South Dakota according to the employer survey. From a trough of 398,400 in April 2020, South Dakota has gained 33,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in South Dakota for February 2021 is at a new high of 458,115.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

South Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 431,800 -200 458,115 2,082
January 2021 432,000 400 456,033 -96
December 2020 431,600 2,000 456,129 17,117
November 2020 429,600 -700 439,012 -17,718
October 2020 430,300 1,100 456,730 253
September 2020 429,200 4,400 456,477 24,294
August 2020 424,800 5,700 432,183 1,732
July 2020 419,100 5,900 430,451 2,100
June 2020 413,200 8,900 428,351 1,772
May 2020 404,300 5,900 426,579 1,077
April 2020 398,400 -42,100 425,502 -23,743
March 2020 440,500 -2,300 449,245 -495