Belle Fourche - Work & Economy
Business Activity & Taxable Sales
The Belle Fourche economy generated nearly $103.2 million in business activity subject to state sales tax in fiscal year 2013 (July 2012-June 2013). This represented a 4.75 percent increase over FY2012.
The city's largest sector, retail trade, slipped from $185 million in FY12 to $179 million in FY2013, and services dipped from $32 million to $31 million. Manufacturing climbed from $31.1 million to $37.2 million.
Find current month-by-month sales tax data on the South Dakota Department of Revenue website.
Below is a chart detailing sector gross by sales for May 2012 through April 2013.
Income & Wages
The median household income in Belle Fourche in 2009, according to the U.S. Census' American Community Survey, was $38,702. Close to 12 percent of families had incomes below the poverty level.
With a potential labor force of 4,446 people aged 16 years or older, Belle Fourche has approximately 2,934 people employed or seeking employment in the community, according to the U.S. Census 2011 American Community Survey. With only 140 people unemployed, Belle Fourche has an unemployment rate of 4.8%. The economic sector employing the most people was retail trade which accounted for 546 jobs, or nearly one-fifth of total employment in the community. Educational services, health care, and social assistance and the sector related to tourism also accounted for significant shares of local employment. Approximately 16.4 percent of all workers were employed by a government agency. The mean travel time to work was approximately 19 minutes.