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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 August 2019 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the South Dakota rate. The unemployment rate in Sioux Falls peaked in July 2009 at 5.2% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in October 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 August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
South Dakota 2.9% 0.0 -0.1
Sioux Falls 2.5% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 August 2009 at 6,757. There are now 2,883 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,527 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 347. Sioux Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Sioux Falls 3,874 +46 +103

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
September
2019
3.5% 3.0%
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.5% 3,874
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.4% 3,828
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.4% 3,825
May
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.4% 3,788
April
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.4% 3,750
March
2019
3.8% 2.8% 2.4% 3,724
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.4% 3,743
January
2019
4.0% 2.9% 2.5% 3,759
December
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.5% 3,767
November
2018
3.7% 2.9% 2.5% 3,768
October
2018
3.8% 2.9% 2.5% 3,770

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.