South Dakota Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 22,047 employed workers
  • 437,371 unemployed workers
  • 4.8% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for South Dakota is 420,600, which is 1,400 greater than last month, an increase of 0.33%. The total employment a year ago was 446,200, which is -25,600 greater than today. Employment has decreased by 5.74% in the last year. Last months' total employment data was updated but changed less than 0.05%, a fairly insignificant amount. Last months total employment was revised to 419 from 419.

The Trade, Transport and Utilities sectors are the leading employers in South Dakota. There are 82,400 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 82,100 employees last month, an increase of 300 (0.37%). Last year the sector had 89,200 employees last year, a decrease of 6,800 (7.62%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate decreased in July, 2019 from 6.4% to this months' 4.8%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 2.9%, 1.9% higher today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 459,418, which is 1.5% lower than last months 466,239 and is 1.5% lower than last months 467,132. The total number of unemployed in South Dakota is 437,371 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 436,284 and 453,364 unemployed a year ago.

The chart below illustrates the change in the unemployment rate over the last year in South Dakota:






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This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.