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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sioux Falls fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.2%. 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 April 2020 at 8.9% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in September 2021, 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 November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
South Dakota 2.7% -0.1 -0.9
Sioux Falls 2.2% 0.0 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 14,103. There are now 10,665 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,387 in September 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 51. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 3,438 -34 -1,413

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
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 2.7% 2.2% 3,438
October
2021
4.6% 2.8% 2.2% 3,472
September
2021
4.7% 2.9% 2.1% 3,387
August
2021
5.2% 2.9% 2.5% 3,983
July
2021
5.4% 2.9% 2.5% 3,961
June
2021
5.9% 2.9% 3.1% 4,947
May
2021
5.8% 2.8% 2.7% 4,297
April
2021
6.0% 2.8% 2.9% 4,496
March
2021
6.0% 2.9% 3.1% 4,817
February
2021
6.2% 3.0% 3.3% 5,269
January
2021
6.4% 3.1% 3.4% 5,333

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.