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

    Month/Year Workforce Unemployment
    December 2017 72,926 3.8%
    2016 72,094 3.0%
    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, March 2018

     

    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: 17 minutes
    High school graduates: 95.1%
    Bachelor’s degree & higher: 22.8%

     

    Source:  JobsEQ, Chmura Economics & Analytics

     

    Average Hourly Wage Rates 2017 – Rapid City MSA

    General Production $14.72
    Retail Sales $16.87
    Transportation/Warehousing $15.93
    Computer Programming $30.08
    Office Admin. Support $14.58
    Machinists $18.56
    Welders $16.42
    General Laborers $11.97
    Managers $47.25

     

    Source: South Dakota Dept. of Labor, January 2018

     

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