The state Department of Labor just came out with its unemployment numbers for January, and the news is bad. Mitchell’s unemployment rate shot back up to 5.8 percent, from 5 percent in December.
That’s a non-seasonally adjusted rate, meaning that the statistical impact from seasonal employment trends is not removed. The non-seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate rose from 4.9 percent in December to 5.5 percent in January. Nationally, the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent in December to 10.6 percent in January.
Mitchell’s January rate was tied with Sioux Falls’ rate for fourth-worst among the state’s largest cities, after Watertown at 6.6 percent, Rapid City at 6.5 percent and Yankton at 6.3 percent.
To see a full copy of the state’s new labor bulletin, click here.