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Workforce Data

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Located in a Right-to-Work state, the Rushmore Region of South Dakota boasts a workforce with a wide range of skills – from skilled tradesman who understand the nuances of metal manufacturing, to highly educated engineers and scientists who want to make the Rushmore Region their home.

This section will introduce you to our dynamic workforce, various training programs, as well as the largest employers in the region. Additionally, we have provided a job portal that can help get you started on your career search.

  



 Labor Force Statistics 2014

 Years

 Months

 Area

 Labor Force

 Employment

Unemployment 

 Rate

 2014

 Jan

 Rapid City MSA

65,405

62,680

2,725 

4.20%

 2014

 Feb

 Rapid City MSA

 66,815

63,970

2,845 

 4.30%

 2014

 Mar

 Rapid City MSA

 62,720

 64,860

 2,860

 4.20%

The South Dakota labor force statistics are produced by the LMIC in cooperation with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

* Statewide and substate labor force date for 2009-2013 has been revised.
* 2014 data is preliminary and subject to revision.



 Portion of Adults (Age 16-64) Working
(By Black Hills Region and South Dakota, 2000-2012)

Black Hills Region

 2000

2008-2012

Proportion of adults working,
16-64

 72.00%

71.90%

Number of adults who are employed, 16-64

76,265

85,725

Civilian population, 16-64

105,889

119,252

South Dakota

 2000

2008-2012

 Proportion of adults working, 16-64

76.40%

 76.30%

 Number of adults who are employed, 16-64

 355,562

 393,566

Civilian population, 16-64

 465,662

 515,817

 

Labor Supply
(Rapid City MSA and Surrounding Counties, February 2014)

MSA/County

 Number

Rapid City MSA

 6,965

Butte County

435

Custer County

405

Fall River County

            405

Lawrence County

1,410

Total Rushmore Region           

9,620


Number of Non-Farm Wage & Salaried Workers

Industry

 Jan 2014

Feb 2014

Rapid City MSA Total

           60,500

61,200

Total Private

49,700

50,100

Goods Producing

6,700

6,600

Service Providing         53,800  54,600

Private Service Providing

            43,000  43,500
Mining/Logging/Construction 3,800 3,700
Manufacturing             2,900 2,900
Trade/Transportation/Utilities         12,300             12,300
Wholesale Trade         2,100  2,100
Resale Trade            8,700 8,700
Transportation/Warehousing/Utilities  1,500  1,500
Information       800  800
Financial Activities  4,100  4,100
Professional/Business Services  4,800  4,800
Education/Health Services  10,700  10,900
Leisure/Hospitality       7,400  7,700
Other Services      2,900  2,900
Government 10,800  11,100
 
Source: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Labor Market Information Center 

 

 

Annual Pay Covered Workers by Industry

 


Industry

Area Information

Statewide Information 

Number
of
Workers
 
%
Of
Total
 
Area
Annual
Pay
 
Number
of
Workers
 
     %
Of
Total
 
Area
Annual
Pay
 

Natural Resources/ Mining

690

 1%

$52,458

5,471

1%

$37,305

Construction

5,202

 7%

 $38,020

 20,132

5%

$39,942

Manufacturing

 3,317

 4%

 $39,461

 41,175

 10%

$42,176

Trade/Transportation/
Utilities

 15,774

 20%

 $30,611

82,036

20%

$33,678

Information

 1,092

 1%

 $38,105

 6,193

2% 

 $42,917

Financial Activities

 4,325

 5%

 $41,114

 28,230

 7%

$47,127

Professional/
Business Services

 5,837

 7%

 $44,285

 29,169

 7%

$45,556

Educational/ Health
Services

 12,206

 15%

 $43,472

61,989

 15%

 $42,430

Leisure/ Hospitality
Services

 13,984

 18%

 $15,862

44,313

 11%

 $13,721

Other Services

 2,731

 3%

 $26,506

10,431

 3%

$26,673

Total Government

 14,112

18%

 $40,651

71,334

 18%

 $37,589


Reference date for annual pay is 2012.  This table includes: Butte County, Custer County,
Fall River County, Lawrence County, Meade County and Pennington County
Note: Some industries may not include out of state data due to confidential information
If data for stated time period is not available for out of state counties, most current data available is used.
Source: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Labor Market Information Center

 

 Quarterly Occupational Wage Data

Occupation

 Rapid City MSA Average Wage

West Average Wage

Accountants and Auditors

$28.10

$25.80

Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks

$14.85

$13.58

Cashiers  $9.72 $9.22
Customer Service Representatives  $12.36 $13.58 
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers  $24.46 $27.47
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand  $10.90 $10.68
Packers and Packagers Hand  $8.62 $8.83
Retail Salespersons  $12.13 $13.62
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers  $11.00 $10.44
Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers  $16.18 $16.04


Wages updated 4th Quarter 2013
This table includes the following regions:  Rapid City MSA West
Note: Out of State is not included in this table
Source: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulations, Labor Market Information Center at:

 

Number of Job Seekers Registered with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulations

Occupation

 Area Total

Percentage of Total

Architecture and Engineering

304

1.10%

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media 

551

1.90%

Building & Grounds, Cleaning, and Maintenance 1,907  6.60%
Business and Financial Operations 802 2.80%
Community and Social Services 746 2.60%
Computer and Mathematical 418 1.50%
Construction and Extraction 2,466 8.60%
Education, Training and Library 766 2.70%
Farming, Fishing and Forestry 611 2.10%
Food Preparation and Serving Related 2,500 8.70%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical 520 1.80%
Healthcare Support 993 3.50%
Installation, Maintenance and Repair  1,291 4.50%
Legal 172 0.60%
Life, Physical and Social Science  273  0.90%
Management  1,687 5.90%
Office and Administrative Support 4,208 14.60%
Personal Care and Service 812 2.80%
Production   1,651 5.70%
Protective Service 1,220 4.20%
Sales and Related 2,889 10.00%
Transportation and Material Moving  1,962 6.80%
Total Job Applicants 28,749 100.00%


 Reference date is Thursday, March 27, 2014
This table includes Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade and Pennington Counties
Source: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulations, Labor Market Information Center

 

 For additional information about employers in the region and key industries please click on the below links:

        Key Industries in the Region: