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

    Month/Year Workforce Unemployment
    March 2020 74,403 3.6%
    2019 74,904 3.5%
    2018 74,715 3.0%
    2017 73,642 3.5%
    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, July 2020 

    Meade County Quick Facts

    Median Age 36**
    Per capita income: $ 43,015*
    Median household income: $ 59,524*
    Median house value: $ 180,500**
    Mean travel time to work: 21 minutes**
    High school graduates: 94.5%**
    Bachelor’s degree & higher: 19.4%**

    *Source: SD Dept. of Labor, July 2020

    **Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, July 2020

    Average Hourly Wage Rates 2018 – Rapid City MSA

    Inspectors, testers   $16.90
    Retail Sales   $13.40
    Transportation/Warehouse Managers   $37.19
    Computer Programmers   $25.79
    Office & Admin. Support   $22.09
    Machinists   $20.39
    Welders   $19.32
    Laborers, Material Handlers   $12.84
    Managers   $52.75
    Stock Clerks, Warehousing   $12.56
    Construction Laborers   $14.34
    Construction Managers   $46.76

    Source: SD Dept. of Labor   stats available only through 2018 

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