• Sturgis and Meade County are included in the Rapid City MSA.

    Month/Year Workforce Unemployment
    October 2016 73,024 2.6%
    2015 71,552 3.3%
    2014 71,365 3.4%
    2011 67,400 4.8%
    2010 66,766 5.0%
    2000 61,102 2.5%
    1990 49,806 3.3%

     

    Source: SD Dept. of Labor, December 2016

     

    Meade County Quick Facts

    Median Age 35.9
    Per capita income: $ 27,114
    Median household income: $ 52,967
    Median house value: $ 158,100
    Mean travel time to work: 19.9 minutes
    High school graduates: 95.1%
    Bachelor’s degree & higher: 22.8%

     

    Source:  JobsEQ, Chmura Economics & Analytics, August 2016

     

    Average Hourly Wage Rates 2015 – Rapid City MSA

    General Production $14.57
    Retail Sales $12.92
    Transportation/Warehousing $15.55
    Computer Programming $24.27
    Executive Admin. Support $18.54
    Machinists $17.28
    Welders $16.29
    General Laborers $11.43
    Managers $47.15

     

    Source: South Dakota Dept. of Labor, December 2015

     

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