Department of Numbers

South Dakota Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Dakota fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 3.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Dakota peaked in April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
South Dakota 3.5% -0.2 +0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Dakota peaked in April 2020 at 51,276. There are now 35,315 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 15,961 -1,062 +166

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 3.5% 15,961
October 2020 6.9% 3.7% 17,023
September 2020 7.8% 4.1% 18,981
August 2020 8.4% 4.8% 22,231
July 2020 10.2% 6.4% 29,955
June 2020 11.1% 7.2% 33,853
May 2020 13.3% 9.4% 43,665
April 2020 14.8% 10.9% 51,276
March 2020 4.4% 3.1% 14,297
February 2020 3.5% 3.3% 15,610
January 2020 3.5% 3.4% 15,811