Labor Force

Labor Force

Sioux Falls has a better workforce. Not only is it large enough to meet the needs of both new and existing businesses, it´s growing by 2,300 workers a year. In fact, Sioux Falls is one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation, and our workforce is growing right along with it.


The workforce in Sioux Falls is better educated. Graduation rates are above state and national averages at both the high school and college levels. Sioux Falls residents enjoy access to a wide range of higher-education options. An average of 35,500 students are enrolled in the region´s institutions each year, providing a steady stream of graduates who are ready to get to work.


Sioux Falls has a ready labor force of 224,150 people, with a labor force growth of 17.8 percent.

9.2 percent of the Sioux Falls population has a graduate degree.

Transportation: The Sioux Falls Advantage

Our effective and efficient transportation system includes two Interstate highways, Class I rail, convenient air service, and the only Port of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) in the state. An excellent county highway system and short line rail provide a second tier of connectivity throughout the region. This makes Sioux Falls a transportation hub that connects people with goods from coast to coast and beyond.

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Being better is a continual process. A multitude of workforce training options are available to meet businesses´ needs, including the new Build Dakota scholarship program and the state Workforce Development Program.


South Dakota is a right-to-work state. South Dakota has one of the lowest rates of union membership in the US at 4.9% (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014).