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Rapid City, South Dakota Job Growth

There were 68,200 jobs in Rapid City, South Dakota in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 74,210 employed persons for the month. Rapid City lost 300 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 86 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rapid City job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 68,200 -300 +5,300
CPS 74,210 +86 +5,945

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Rapid City, South Dakota Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Rapid City 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 for Rapid City, South Dakota

CES employment for Rapid City peaked in January 2020 at 69,700. Since then 1,500 jobs have been lost in Rapid City according to the employer survey. From a trough of 61,100 in April 2020, Rapid City has gained 7,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in May 2021 for Rapid City is at a new high of 74,210.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Rapid City, South Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 68,200 -300 74,210 86
April 2021 68,500 -100 74,124 -15
March 2021 68,600 100 74,139 -29
February 2021 68,500 700 74,168 65
January 2021 67,800 300 74,103 -50
December 2020 67,500 100 74,153 3,037
November 2020 67,400 -100 71,116 -2,694
October 2020 67,500 500 73,810 137
September 2020 67,000 700 73,673 3,824
August 2020 66,300 300 69,849 301
July 2020 66,000 2,000 69,548 497
June 2020 64,000 1,100 69,051 786