Department of Numbers

South Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Dakota fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Dakota peaked in May 2009 at 5.1% and is now 1.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
South Dakota 3.4% 0.0 +0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Dakota peaked in January 2010 at 22,752. There are now 6,964 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 12,836 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,952. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 15,788 +16 +1,462

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Dakota from 1990 to January 2020

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 3.4% 15,788
December 2019 3.5% 3.4% 15,772
November 2019 3.5% 3.4% 15,795
October 2019 3.6% 3.4% 15,800
September 2019 3.5% 3.4% 15,707
August 2019 3.7% 3.3% 15,565
July 2019 3.7% 3.3% 15,417
June 2019 3.7% 3.3% 15,275
May 2019 3.6% 3.3% 15,140
April 2019 3.6% 3.2% 14,976
March 2019 3.8% 3.2% 14,771