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Workforce Data

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

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  2000 2010 - 2014 2015
Number of adults who are employed,
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 FactFinder. Data 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 67,100 68,600
Total Private 56,00 60,700
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 1,00 900
Financial Activities 4,300 4,000
Professional / Businesss / 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
Reference date for annual pay is 2015

Industry Number of Workers Percent of Total Annual Pay
Natural Resources/Mining 227 0.3% $35,620
Construction 4,668 7.2% $43,221
Manufacturing 2,898 4.5% $33,998
Trade / Transportation / Utilities 13,710 21.1% $30,876
Information 878 1.4% $44,844
Financial Activities 3,943 6.1% $46,924
Professional / Business Services 4,988 7.7% $51,158
Education / Health Services 10,539 16.2% $48,562
Leisure / Hospitality Services 9,981 15.4% $17,290
Other Services 2,311 3.6% $29,116
Total Government 10,776 16.6% $44,638

Statewide
Reference date for annual pay is 2015

Industry Number of Workers Percent of Total Annual Pay
Natural Resources/Mining 6,215 1.5% $40,451
Construction 22,201 5.3% $44,996
Manufacturing 42,832 10.2% $45,434
Trade / Transportation / Utilities 86,554 20.8% $37,043
Information 5,884 1.4% $45,850
Financial Activities 29,160 7.0% $53,5056
Professional / Business Services 30,672 7.4% $51,000
Education / Health Services 63,950 15.4% $46,835
Leisure / Hospitality Services 46,137 11.1% $15,565
Other Services 10,712 2.6% $29,691
Total Government 71,939 17.3% $40,297

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

Quarterly Occupational Wage Data

Updated to quarter ending September 2015

Occupation Rapid City MSA Avg West River SD Avg
Accountants and Auditors $30.03 $28.05
Bookkeeping Accounting & Auditing Clerks $15.78 $14.73
Cashiers $9.62 $9.33
Customer Service Representatives $12.92 $14.45
First-Line Supervisors / Managers of Production & 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

Source: SD Department of Labor.

Number of Job Seekers Registered within the Rushmore Region

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