South Dakota Unemployment Rates Information

Unemployment Rates in South Dakota

As of January 2014, South Dakota had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United States at 3.6 percent. This makes it the state with the third lowest unemployment rate, just behind Nebraska and North Dakota. This is far lower than the national average, which was 6.7 percent as of February 2014. They have kept their unemployment rate low by offering job seekers help through the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.

The industry providing the most jobs for workers as of February 2014 was the trade, transportation and utilities industry, which includes whole trade, retail trade and transportation, warehouse and utility services. This industry had a total of 84,400 workers as of February 2014. The smallest amount of opportunities were found in the educational services department with only 7,400 jobs reported.

As of January 2014, there was data provided for the unemployment rates for each South Dakota county. Below are the top five counties with the lowest unemployment rates, as well as the five counties at the bottom of the list with the highest unemployment rates:

Top Five Counties

  1. Jerauld – 2.3 percent

  2. Sanborn – 2.5 percent

  3. Harding – 2.7 percent

  4. Sully – 2.8 percent

  5. Aurora and Hyde counties – 2.9 percent

Bottom Five Counties

  1. Day – 8.6 percent

  2. Jackson – 9.3 percent

  3. Buffalo – 12.1 percent

  4. Dewey – 12.9 percent

  5. Shannon – 13.2 percent

If you would like to learn more about the statistics for different areas of the labor force in South Dakota, you can find detailed information on the following website: is a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any government agency.