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Employees

Learn the Facts about our Strong Workforce

Rushmore Region: Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade and Pennington counties of South Dakota.

Labor Force Statistics

2016 Labor Force Statistics (Yearly Average)

Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate
93,660 91,156 2,504 2.7%

Source: SD Department of Labor. Data collected September 2016

Proportion of Adults Working

Rushmore Region 2000 2010-2014 2015
Proportion of adults working, 16-64 72.0% 74.7% 77.8%
Number of adults who are employed, 16-64 76,265 84,621 84,139
Civilian population, 16-64 105,889 113,264 108,168
South Dakota 2000 2010-2014 2015
Proportion of adults working, 16-64 76.4% 76.3% 79.0%
Number of adults who are employed, 16-64 355,562 393,566 395,854
Civilian population, 16-64 465,662 515,817 500,803

Source: American FactFinderData collected Dec. 14, 2016.

Labor Supply

Rushmore Region 2016
Rapid City MSA (Pennington, Custer and Meade counties) 7,885
Butte County 465
Lawrence County 1,695
Fall River County 420
Total Rushmore Region 10,465

Source: SD Department of Labor. Data collected Dec. 14, 2016. 

Number of Non-Farm Wage and Salaried Workers

INDUSTRY 2015 2016
Rapid City MSA Total 67,100 68,600
Total Private 56,000
57,000
Goods Producing 7,400 7,900
Service Providing 59,700 60,700
Private Service Providing 48,700 49,100
Mining/Logging/Construction 4,400 5,100
Manufacturing 2,900 2,800
Trade/Transportation/Utilities 13,400 13,600
Wholesale Trade 2,400 2,400
Retail Trade 9,500 9,400
Transportation/Warehousing/Utilities 1,700 1,800
Information 1,000 900
Financial Activities 4,300 4,000
Professional/Business Services 5,400 5,100
Education/Health Services 11,000 11,200
Leisure/Hospitality 10,400 11,200
Other Services 3,100 3,100
Government 11,100 11,600

Source: SD Department of Labor.  Collected Dec. 14, 2016. 

Annual Pay of Covered Workers by Industry

      Rapid City MSA             Statewide 
Industry Number of Workers Percent of Total Annual Pay Number of Workers Percent of Total  Annual Pay
Natural Resources/Mining 227 0.3% $35,620 6,215 1.5% $40,451
Construction 4,668 7.2% $43,221 22,201 5.3% $44,996
Manufacturing 2,898 4.5% $33,998 42,592 10.2% $45,434
Trade/Transportation/Utilities 13,710 21.1% $30,876 86,554 20.8% $37,043
Information 878 1.4% $44,844 5,884 1.4% $45,850
Financial Activities 3,943 6.1% $46,924 29,160 7.0% $53,505
Professional/Business Services 4,988 7.7% $51,158 30,672 7.4% $51,000
Education/Health Services 10,539 16.2% $48,562 63,950 15.4% $46,835
Leisure/Hospitality Services 9,981 15.4% $17,290 46,137 11.1% $15,565
Other Services 2,311 3.6% $29,116 10,712 2.6% $29,691
Total Government 10,776 16.6% $44,638 71,939 17.3% $40,297

Reference date for annual pay is 2015
Source: SD Department of Labor. Data collected Dec. 14, 2016.

Quarterly Occupational Wage Data

Occupation Rapid City MSA
   Average 
West River SD Average 
Accountants and Auditors $30.03 $28.05
Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks $15.78 $14.73
Cashiers $9.62 $9.33
Customer Service Representatives $12.92 $14.45
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers $27.84 $30.66
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand $11.43 $10.33
Packers and Packagers Hand $9.24 $9.33
Retail Salespersons $12.92 $13.78
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers $11.72 $10.11
Welders Cutters Solderers and Brazers $16.29 $17.40

Updated to quarter ending September 2015
Source: SD Department of Labor

Number of Job Seekers Registered within the Rushmore Region

Occupation Area Total Percentage of Total
Archietecture and Engineering 231 1.04%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media 453 2.03%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance 1,518 6.80%
Business and Financial Operations 628 2.81%
Community and Social Services 572 2.56%
Computer and Mathematical 310 1.39%
Construction and Extraction 1,904 8.53%
Education Training and Library 497 2.17%
Farming Fishing and Forestry 485 2.17%
Food Preparation and Serving Related 1,890 8.47%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical 323 1.45%
Healthcare Support 762 3.42%
Installation Maintenance and Repair 965 4.33%
Legal 119 0.53%
Life Physical and Social Science 201 0.90%
Management 1,334 5.98%
Office and Administrative Support 3,331 14.93%
Personal Care and Service 609 2.73%
Production 1,343 6.02%
Protective Service 989 4.43%
Sales and Related 2,258 10.12%
Transportation and Material Moving 1,609 7.21%
Total Job Applicants 22,311 100.0%


Source: SD Department of Labor. Data collected Dec. 14, 2016

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