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Rapid City, South Dakota Job Growth

There were 61,700 jobs in Rapid City, South Dakota in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 65,975 employed persons for the month. Rapid City lost 7,700 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 7,487 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rapid City job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 61,700 -7,700 -7,000
CPS 65,975 -7,487 -6,096

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 8,300 jobs have been lost in Rapid City according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 73,462 for Rapid City in March 2020. 7,487 jobs have been lost in Rapid City since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Rapid City, South Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 61,700 -7,700 65,975 -7,487
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
November 2019 69,300 -300 72,731 123
October 2019 69,600 600 72,608 121
September 2019 69,000 100 72,487 107
August 2019 68,900 -100 72,380 92
July 2019 69,000 300 72,288 73
June 2019 68,700 -100 72,215 69
May 2019 68,800 100 72,146 75