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 February 2019 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0 -0.2

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2019

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 9,456 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 12,856 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 440. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 13,296 -151 -1,055

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Dakota from 1990 to February 2019

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8% 2.9% 13,296
January 2019 4.0% 2.9% 13,447
December 2018 3.9% 2.9% 13,565
November 2018 3.7% 2.9% 13,567
October 2018 3.8% 2.9% 13,554
September 2018 3.7% 2.9% 13,563
August 2018 3.8% 3.0% 13,598
July 2018 3.9% 3.0% 13,697
June 2018 4.0% 3.0% 13,834
May 2018 3.8% 3.1% 13,984
April 2018 3.9% 3.1% 14,137
March 2018 4.0% 3.1% 14,266