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Rapid City, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rapid City rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.0%. 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 December 2009 at 5.4% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in July 2018, 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0 -0.2
Rapid City 3.0% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 December 2009 at 3,847. There are now 1,603 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,148 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 96. Rapid City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rapid City, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Rapid City 2,244 +23 -378

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
March
2019
3.8% 2.8%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.0% 2,244
January
2019
4.0% 2.9% 2.9% 2,221
December
2018
3.9% 2.9% 3.0% 2,269
November
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.1% 2,331
October
2018
3.8% 2.9% 3.1% 2,347
September
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.1% 2,295
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.1% 2,319
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.9% 2,216
June
2018
4.0% 3.0% 3.1% 2,326
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.2% 2,362
April
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.4% 2,588

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.