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 April 2022 to 2.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Dakota peaked in April 2020 at 8.8% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
South Dakota 2.3% -0.2 -0.9

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 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Dakota peaked in April 2020 at 40,261. There are now 29,215 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 11,046 -591 -3,810

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Dakota from 1990 to April 2022

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 2.3% 11,046
March 2022 3.6% 2.5% 11,637
February 2022 3.8% 2.6% 12,424
January 2022 4.0% 2.8% 12,968
December 2021 3.9% 2.9% 13,619
November 2021 4.2% 2.9% 13,706
October 2021 4.6% 3.0% 13,979
September 2021 4.7% 3.1% 14,391
August 2021 5.2% 3.2% 14,861
July 2021 5.4% 3.2% 15,112
June 2021 5.9% 3.2% 15,150