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 May 2018 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see South Dakota unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
South Dakota 3.3% -0.1 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

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 7,572 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 12,833 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,347. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 15,180 -344 +241

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Dakota from 1990 to May 2018

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
June 2018 4.0%
May 2018 3.8% 3.3% 15,180
April 2018 3.9% 3.4% 15,524
March 2018 4.1% 3.4% 15,454
February 2018 4.1% 3.4% 15,637
January 2018 4.1% 3.4% 15,605
December 2017 4.1% 3.4% 15,555
November 2017 4.1% 3.4% 15,578
October 2017 4.1% 3.4% 15,605
September 2017 4.2% 3.4% 15,571
August 2017 4.4% 3.4% 15,477
July 2017 4.3% 3.4% 15,320