Red denotes job losses in the past year, while green denotes high job gains.
Red denotes job losses in the past year, while green denotes high job gains.
Bureau of Labor Statistics data
Dec 18, 2014

Rural Job Gains Near Pace for Urban Growth

Job growth in rural America looks nearly as bright as does employment gains in metropolitan areas, reports The Daily Yonder

The numbers don't come close - about 428,000 rural jobs vs. 3.4 million urban jobs - but the pace is close. (Rural equates to any county not in a metropolitan statistcal area, as designated by the federal government.) Rural jobs grew by 2.1 percent between October 2013 and October 2014, while urban jobs grew by 2.7 percent.

The Daily Yonder:

"The pace of job creation is quickening. Rural counties in September had 208,000 more jobs than September a year ago. Rural counties added more than twice that number from October 2013 to October of this year. "

At the same time, the unemployment rate in rural America has dropped below that of urban America - 5.3 percent vs. 5.6 percent (on average). 

Across South Dakota, the unemployment rate is even lower - below 3 percent in most counties. The exceptions are some counties on American Indian reservations, where unemployment reaches into double digits in some instances. Click here for an interactive map that offers county-by-county data by clicking on a given county. 

Explore more statistics on rural jobs, proportion of adults working, and other economic factors in our South Dakota Dashboard Economy and Workforce information hubs.

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