Labor Force & Wages

Madison and the surrounding area have a readily available labor supply to meet the needs of new employers. The Madison labor force pulls from a six-county area in South Dakota, which includes the counties of Brookings, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Miner, and Moody.

Lake, Miner, and Moody (the 3-county area) comprise most of the work force in Madison resulting in a labor force of 12,020 (as of November 2013).

Labor Force Demographics

Lake County has a labor force of 6,875 and an unemployment rate of 3.3% percent (as of November 2013).

Madison has a local Department of Labor and Regulation office that works with local businesses to find the qualified employees they seek. They also have training programs available for qualifying businesses.

All labor stats are available via the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation's Labor Market Information Center at: http://dlr.sd.gov/lmic/

Recent News

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