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Rapid City, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rapid City fell 0.6 percentage points in July 2021 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Rapid City peaked in April 2020 at 11.7% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rapid City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0 -2.5
Rapid City 2.5% -0.6 -3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Rapid City, South Dakota, National

Rapid City, South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Rapid City, South Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rapid City peaked in April 2020 at 8,848. There are now 6,944 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Rapid City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rapid City, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Rapid City 1,904 -458 -2,531

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rapid City, South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Rapid City
Unemployment Rate
Rapid City
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 2.9% 2.5% 1,904
June
2021
5.9% 2.9% 3.1% 2,362
May
2021
5.8% 2.8% 2.9% 2,242
April
2021
6.1% 2.8% 2.9% 2,205
March
2021
6.0% 2.9% 3.0% 2,258
February
2021
6.2% 3.0% 3.1% 2,408
January
2021
6.3% 3.1% 3.4% 2,604
December
2020
6.7% 3.3% 3.4% 2,618
November
2020
6.7% 3.6% 3.7% 2,754
October
2020
6.9% 3.7% 3.8% 2,944
September
2020
7.8% 4.0% 4.5% 3,498

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.