Department of Numbers

South Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Dakota fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 3.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Dakota peaked in April 2020 at 9.2% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
South Dakota 2.8% -0.1 -6.4

Note: All comparisons are made with April data as May state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Dakota peaked in April 2020 at 43,224. There are now 30,162 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 13,062 -409 -30,162

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Dakota from 1990 to April 2021

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
May 2021 5.8%
April 2021 6.1% 2.8% 13,062
March 2021 6.0% 2.9% 13,471
February 2021 6.2% 3.0% 14,149
January 2021 6.3% 3.1% 14,443
December 2020 6.7% 3.3% 15,502
November 2020 6.7% 3.6% 16,424
October 2020 6.9% 3.7% 17,575
September 2020 7.8% 4.0% 19,189
August 2020 8.4% 4.7% 21,405
July 2020 10.2% 5.4% 24,339
June 2020 11.1% 6.1% 27,958