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Rapid City, South Dakota Job Growth

There were 67,400 jobs in Rapid City, South Dakota in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 74,134 employed persons for the month. Rapid City lost 200 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 143 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rapid City job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 67,400 -200 +1,100
CPS 74,134 -143 +4,285

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 2,300 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 6,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 74,279 for Rapid City in June 2021. 145 jobs have been lost in Rapid City since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Rapid City, South Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 67,400 -200 74,134 -143
July 2021 67,600 -300 74,277 -2
June 2021 67,900 -400 74,279 96
May 2021 68,300 -200 74,183 59
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