SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (STACKER) — Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of October of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.2% higher than in September. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 2.0% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in Illinois and 4.7% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in South Dakota using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in September 2022.

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#50. Codington County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.7%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 16,045 (278 unemployed)

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#49. Davison County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.7%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 11,021 (185 unemployed)

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#48. Edmunds County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.7%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 1,946 (33 unemployed)

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#47. Grant County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.7%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 4,304 (72 unemployed)

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#46. Gregory County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.7%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 2,118 (36 unemployed)

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#45. Bon Homme County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 2,778 (49 unemployed)

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#44. Clay County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
— 1 month change: -1.0%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 7,524 (134 unemployed)

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#43. Douglas County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.3%
– Total labor force: 1,477 (27 unemployed)

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#42. Hutchinson County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 3,504 (63 unemployed)

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#41. Kingsbury County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 2,855 (51 unemployed)

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#40. Lawrence County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 14,320 (257 unemployed)

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#39. Turner County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -0.3%
– Total labor force: 4,768 (84 unemployed)

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#38. Yankton County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 11,616 (209 unemployed)

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#37. Butte County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 4,975 (97 unemployed)

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#36. Haakon County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 1,018 (19 unemployed)

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#35. Jones County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
– Total labor force: 529 (10 unemployed)

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#34. Lake County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 6,645 (125 unemployed)

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#33. Meade County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 14,649 (284 unemployed)

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#32. Pennington County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 60,530 (1,138 unemployed)

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#31. Potter County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 1,014 (19 unemployed)

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#30. Sanborn County

– Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -0.8%
– Total labor force: 1,166 (22 unemployed)

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#29. Brown County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 19,884 (391 unemployed)

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#28. Faulk County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 1,037 (21 unemployed)

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#27. Hyde County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 649 (13 unemployed)

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#26. Union County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 8,588 (176 unemployed)

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#25. Campbell County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
– Total labor force: 749 (16 unemployed)

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#24. Charles Mix County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 3,731 (79 unemployed)

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#23. Day County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
– Total labor force: 2,619 (55 unemployed)

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#22. Deuel County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
– Total labor force: 2,358 (49 unemployed)

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#21. Fall River County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
– Total labor force: 3,103 (64 unemployed)

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#20. Hanson County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 1,751 (36 unemployed)

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#19. Harding County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 705 (15 unemployed)

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#18. Lyman County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -1.1%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
– Total labor force: 1,704 (36 unemployed)

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#17. Moody County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -1.0%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
– Total labor force: 3,969 (82 unemployed)

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#16. Perkins County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 1,398 (30 unemployed)

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#15. Spink County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 2,950 (61 unemployed)

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#14. Marshall County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 2,401 (52 unemployed)

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#13. Jackson County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
– Total labor force: 1,244 (28 unemployed)

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#12. Roberts County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
— 1 month change: -1.1%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 4,718 (108 unemployed)

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#11. Custer County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 4,200 (102 unemployed)

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#10. Corson County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.5%
— 1 month change: -2.2%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
– Total labor force: 1,242 (31 unemployed)

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#9. Bennett County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.6%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
– Total labor force: 1,048 (27 unemployed)

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#8. Mellette County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.7%
— 1 month change: -2.8%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 713 (19 unemployed)

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#7. McPherson County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.9%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
– Total labor force: 966 (28 unemployed)

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#6. Walworth County

– Current unemployment rate: 2.9%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
– Total labor force: 2,113 (61 unemployed)

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#5. Todd County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.2%
— 1 month change: -1.6%
— 1 year change: -0.4%
– Total labor force: 2,984 (94 unemployed)

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#4. Ziebach County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
— 1 month change: -2.3%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 933 (31 unemployed)

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#3. Buffalo County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: -1.2%
— 1 year change: +0.4%
– Total labor force: 729 (37 unemployed)

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#2. Dewey County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.5%
— 1 month change: -5.2%
— 1 year change: +0.1%
– Total labor force: 2,261 (125 unemployed)

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#1. Oglala Lakota County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: -2.6%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
– Total labor force: 3,865 (215 unemployed)

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