South Dakota Employment Statistics

  • 33,716 employers
  • 426,968 employees
  • $840 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 23.7% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.5% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: South Dakota Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 2,930 more businesses
  • 37,608 more employees
  • 9.7% increase in total wages
  • $10,340 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 31.0% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: South Dakota Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Minnehaha County South Dakota, 7,070
County with the Most Employees: Minnehaha County South Dakota, 113,926
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Union County South Dakota, $1,083
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Oglala Lakota County South Dakota, 8.2%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of South Dakota, see: South Dakota Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of South Dakota see: South Dakota Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 452,957 employed workers
  • 13,589 unemployed workers
  • 2.9% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of South Dakota, see: South Dakota Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 34,098 employers, up 1.5% from 33,608
  • 433,352 employees, up 0.6% from 430,698
  • $838 average weekly wage, up 3.8% from $807
  • The average weekly wage is 23.5% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 0.2% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for South Dakota, see: South Dakota Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & 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.