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Rapid City, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rapid City fell 2.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points higher than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Rapid City peaked in April 2020 at 13.8% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rapid City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
South Dakota 9.4% -1.5 +6.1
Rapid City 11.2% -2.6 +7.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 10,536. There are now 2,220 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Rapid City 8,316 -2,220 +5,713

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
June
2020
11.1% 7.2%
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 11.2% 8,316
April
2020
14.7% 10.9% 13.8% 10,536
March
2020
4.4% 3.1% 3.4% 2,566
February
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.5% 2,627
January
2020
3.6% 3.4% 3.5% 2,678
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.6% 2,697
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.6% 2,705
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.6% 2,708
September
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.6% 2,705
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.6% 2,693
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.6% 2,670

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.