Counties with the highest unemployment rate in South Dakota

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September 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in South Dakota

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in South Dakota using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Beadle County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 9,375 (168 unemployed)
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#49. Codington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 16,205 (296 unemployed)
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#48. Davison County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 11,191 (203 unemployed)
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#47. Douglas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 1,557 (28 unemployed)
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#46. Hand County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 1,803 (32 unemployed)
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#45. Kingsbury County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 2,960 (53 unemployed)
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#44. Lawrence County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 14,473 (256 unemployed)
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#43. Miner County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 1,231 (22 unemployed)
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#42. Perkins County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 1,471 (26 unemployed)
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#41. Turner County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 4,875 (87 unemployed)
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#40. Yankton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 11,874 (211 unemployed)
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#39. Grant County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 4,436 (83 unemployed)
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#38. Hanson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 1,797 (34 unemployed)
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#37. Harding County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 744 (14 unemployed)
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#36. Hutchinson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 3,677 (69 unemployed)
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#35. Pennington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 61,377 (1,183 unemployed)
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#34. Stanley County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 1,970 (37 unemployed)
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#33. Clark County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 2,023 (41 unemployed)
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#32. Faulk County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 1,105 (22 unemployed)
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#31. Meade County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 14,901 (294 unemployed)
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#30. Brookings County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 18,693 (392 unemployed)
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#29. Jackson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 1,324 (28 unemployed)
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#28. Clay County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 6,954 (156 unemployed)
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#27. Spink County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 3,100 (67 unemployed)
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#26. Brown County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 20,116 (453 unemployed)
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#25. Deuel County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 2,474 (57 unemployed)
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#24. Fall River County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 3,229 (75 unemployed)
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#23. Union County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 8,698 (201 unemployed)
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#22. Jones County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 594 (14 unemployed)
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#21. Potter County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 1,098 (26 unemployed)
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#20. Campbell County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 791 (20 unemployed)
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#19. Lake County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 6,647 (166 unemployed)
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#18. Marshall County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 2,512 (63 unemployed)
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#17. Custer County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 4,341 (112 unemployed)
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#16. Day County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 2,779 (71 unemployed)
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#15. Hyde County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 682 (18 unemployed)
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#14. Bennett County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 1,091 (30 unemployed)
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#13. Charles Mix County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 3,944 (114 unemployed)
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#12. Lyman County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 1,813 (53 unemployed)
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#11. McPherson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 999 (32 unemployed)
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#10. Roberts County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 4,658 (158 unemployed)
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#9. Moody County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 4,060 (142 unemployed)
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#8. Walworth County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 2,229 (79 unemployed)
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#7. Corson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.7%
-Total Labor Force: 1,275 (51 unemployed)
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#6. Mellette County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: +2.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 761 (41 unemployed)
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#5. Todd County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 3,135 (181 unemployed)
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#4. Ziebach County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 938 (63 unemployed)
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#3. Buffalo County

- Current Unemployment rate: 8.1%
--- 1 month change: +2.8%
--- 1 year change: +2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 776 (63 unemployed)
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#2. Oglala Lakota County

- Current Unemployment rate: 8.6%
--- 1 month change: +2.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.0%
-Total Labor Force: 3,978 (341 unemployed)
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#1. Dewey County

- Current Unemployment rate: 13.4%
--- 1 month change: +4.2%
--- 1 year change: +1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 2,379 (319 unemployed)

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