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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux Falls peaked in April 2020 at 10.7% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sioux Falls 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
Sioux Falls 2.8% -0.1 -0.1
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: 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 12,339 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,388 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 50. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 4,438 -117 -62

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
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 2.9% 2.8% 4,438
January
2021
6.3% 3.1% 2.9% 4,555
December
2020
6.7% 3.3% 2.9% 4,388
November
2020
6.7% 3.6% 3.3% 5,095
October
2020
6.9% 3.7% 3.3% 5,084
September
2020
7.8% 4.0% 3.7% 5,751
August
2020
8.4% 4.7% 4.4% 6,858
July
2020
10.2% 5.4% 6.0% 9,588
June
2020
11.1% 6.1% 7.0% 11,197
May
2020
13.3% 7.0% 9.7% 15,409
April
2020
14.8% 9.2% 10.7% 16,777

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.