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Rapid City, South Dakota Job Growth

There were 65,800 jobs in Rapid City, South Dakota in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 70,365 employed persons for the month. Rapid City added 300 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 120 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rapid City job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 65,800 +300 -3,500
CPS 70,365 +120 -2,366

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 February 2020 at 70,000. Since then 4,200 jobs have been lost in Rapid City according to the employer survey. From a trough of 61,300 in April 2020, Rapid City has gained 4,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 73,462 for Rapid City in March 2020. 3,097 jobs have been lost in Rapid City since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 65,792, Rapid City has added 4,573 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Rapid City, South Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 65,800 300 70,365 120
October 2020 65,500 -400 70,245 69
September 2020 65,900 2,700 70,176 3,414
August 2020 63,200 -800 66,762 -1,372
July 2020 64,000 800 68,134 148
June 2020 63,200 1,200 67,986 2,036
May 2020 62,000 700 65,950 158
April 2020 61,300 -8,100 65,792 -7,670
March 2020 69,400 -600 73,462 211
February 2020 70,000 100 73,251 323
January 2020 69,900 300 72,928 92
December 2019 69,600 300 72,836 105