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Rapid City, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rapid City fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Rapid City peaked in January 2010 at 5.4% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Rapid City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0 -0.1
Rapid City 3.1% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 February 2010 at 3,833. There are now 1,466 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,161 in December 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 206. Rapid City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rapid City, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Rapid City 2,367 +36 +39

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
September
2019
3.5% 3.0%
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.1% 2,367
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.1% 2,331
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.1% 2,311
May
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.0% 2,281
April
2019
3.6% 2.8% 3.0% 2,267
March
2019
3.8% 2.8% 3.0% 2,283
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.1% 2,296
January
2019
4.0% 2.9% 3.1% 2,306
December
2018
3.9% 2.9% 3.1% 2,323
November
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.1% 2,325
October
2018
3.8% 2.9% 3.1% 2,325

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.