Wednesday, 03 August 2016 00:00

#SDbythenumbers: The South Dakota Workforce

The first installment of the #SDbythenumbers series is ready for your enjoyment! Impress your friends and coworkers after learning smart-sounding data from our sleek infographics. Further your education by scrolling to the end of the page and clicking the text links to dive deeper into the data at hand. This week’s installment focuses on the South Dakota workforce. 


  1. 27.8 percent of SD residents have a Bachelor's degree or higher, which places us 29th among the other states.
  2. Jones County has the highest proportion of working adults at 87 percent.
  3. The number of SD high school dropouts is declining. In 2000, about 15 percent of students dropped out. As of 2014, that rate decreased to 8.3 percent.
  4. About 50 percent of South Dakota teens (ages 16-19) have a job.
  5. The highest proportion of working adults are between 45-54 years old. With 84.7 percent employment, they win by 1.0 percent over those ages 25-44.
  6. Of the metropolitan areas in South Dakota, Sioux Falls has the highest proportion of working adults at 82.6 percent. Sioux City and Rapid City both hover around 77 percent.
  7. In recent years, almost the same number of people drop out of high school as get a graduate or professional degree. In 2014, 8.3 percent of students dropped out of high school, while 7.8 percent obtained a graduate or professional degree. Interestingly enough, the number of people who obtain an associate’s degree also hovers around 10 percent.
  8. South Dakota's proportion of working adults is higher than the national average at just below 80 percent.
  9. The three South Dakota cities with the highest percentage of citizens with degrees:
    1. Brookings (48.5 percent)
    2. Vermillion (48.2 percent)
    3. Harrisburg (36.3 percent)
  10. The proportion of working adults in SD is highest in metropolitan and micropolitan areas.
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