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 July 2019 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: South Dakota, National

South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 9,163 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 12,856 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 733. South Dakota job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
South Dakota 13,589 +140 -108

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 2.9% 13,589
June 2019 3.7% 2.9% 13,449
May 2019 3.6% 2.9% 13,289
April 2019 3.6% 2.8% 13,151
March 2019 3.8% 2.8% 13,190
February 2019 3.8% 2.9% 13,301
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