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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux Falls peaked in August 2009 at 5.3% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Sioux Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
South Dakota 3.0% 0.0 -0.4
Sioux Falls 2.5% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 September 2009 at 6,757. There are now 2,984 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,493 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 280. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 3,773 +89 -572

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
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.5% 3,773
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.4% 3,684
August
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.5% 3,742
July
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.4% 3,643
June
2018
4.0% 3.2% 2.5% 3,830
May
2018
3.8% 3.3% 2.6% 3,912
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.9% 4,386
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 2.7% 4,113
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 2.9% 4,326
January
2018
4.1% 3.4% 2.9% 4,331
December
2017
4.1% 3.4% 2.9% 4,338

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.