The 10 Hottest Job Markets In South Dakota For 2020

by Kathy Morris
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Anticipating a job hunt in 2020?

If so, you might be nervous about the state of your local job market or curious how it stacks up to rival cities. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2020 it was easiest to find a job in South Dakota.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in South Dakota.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in South Dakota. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How we determined the best job markets in South Dakota

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main South Dakota metro areas. We only looked at cities with a working civilian population above 5,000.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job market in South Dakota.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-12 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Household Income Change
  • Current Average Household Income

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the Huron area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.3%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 12 metro areas from 1-to-12. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Pierre

Pierre, SD

Unemployment Rate: 2.17%
Average Income: $73,542

2. Spearfish

Spearfish, SD

Unemployment Rate: 1.78%
Average Income: $71,253

3. Brandon

Brandon, SD

Unemployment Rate: 1.61%
Average Income: $93,431

4. Yankton

Yankton, SD

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Average Income: $68,888

5. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

Unemployment Rate: 3.45%
Average Income: $77,185

6. Rapid

Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Average Income: $70,922

7. Mitchell

Mitchell, SD

Unemployment Rate: 3.59%
Average Income: $61,915

8. Huron

Huron, SD

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 1.31%
Average Income: $56,913

9. Vermillion

Vermillion, SD

Unemployment Rate: 7.01%
Average Income: $62,803

10. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, SD

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.81%
Average Income: $68,707


You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in Huron and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.

While Huron and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in South Dakota, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in Huron will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In South Dakota

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Pierre 2.17% $73,542
2 Spearfish 1.78% $71,253
3 Brandon 1.61% $93,431
4 Yankton 2.7% $68,888
5 Sioux Falls 3.45% $77,185
6 Rapid 4.5% $70,922
7 Mitchell 3.59% $61,915
8 Huron 1.31% $56,913
9 Vermillion 7.01% $62,803
10 Aberdeen 2.81% $68,707
11 Watertown 2.9% $66,722
12 Brookings 3.83% $65,120
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