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Rapid City, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rapid City fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Rapid City peaked in April 2020 at 11.0% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rapid City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
South Dakota 2.3% -0.2 -0.9
Rapid City 2.4% -0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 8,185. There are now 6,348 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Rapid City 1,837 -101 -734

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
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 2.3% 2.4% 1,837
March
2022
3.6% 2.5% 2.5% 1,938
February
2022
3.8% 2.6% 2.6% 2,052
January
2022
4.0% 2.8% 2.8% 2,163
December
2021
3.9% 2.9% 3.0% 2,298
November
2021
4.2% 2.9% 3.0% 2,297
October
2021
4.6% 3.0% 3.0% 2,326
September
2021
4.7% 3.1% 3.1% 2,410
August
2021
5.2% 3.2% 3.2% 2,501
July
2021
5.4% 3.2% 3.3% 2,570
June
2021
5.9% 3.2% 3.4% 2,597

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.