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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 February 2021 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 April 2020 at 13.8% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Rapid City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
South Dakota 2.9% -0.2 0.0
Rapid City 3.1% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 10,536. There are now 8,181 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 February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Rapid City 2,355 -48 -272

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
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 2.9% 3.1% 2,355
January
2021
6.3% 3.1% 3.1% 2,403
December
2020
6.7% 3.3% 3.4% 2,474
November
2020
6.7% 3.6% 3.9% 2,859
October
2020
6.9% 3.7% 4.0% 2,897
September
2020
7.8% 4.0% 4.5% 3,336
August
2020
8.4% 4.7% 5.7% 4,025
July
2020
10.2% 5.4% 7.5% 5,530
June
2020
11.1% 6.1% 8.7% 6,451
May
2020
13.3% 7.0% 11.2% 8,292
April
2020
14.8% 9.2% 13.8% 10,536

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.