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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls fell 0.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux Falls peaked in April 2020 at 10.7% and is now 0.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sioux Falls 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
Sioux Falls 9.8% -0.9 +7.0
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: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, National

Sioux Falls, South Dakota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Sioux Falls peaked in April 2020 at 16,777. There are now 1,299 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 15,478 -1,299 +11,183

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Dakota
Unemployment Rate
Sioux Falls
Unemployment Rate
Sioux Falls
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 7.2%
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 9.8% 15,478
April
2020
14.7% 10.9% 10.7% 16,777
March
2020
4.4% 3.1% 2.8% 4,406
February
2020
3.5% 3.3% 2.9% 4,500
January
2020
3.6% 3.4% 2.9% 4,557
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.0% 4,630
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.0% 4,602
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 2.9% 4,559
September
2019
3.5% 3.4% 2.9% 4,506
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 4,445
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 4,387

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.