Custer - Work & Economy
The Custer economy generated nearly $99.5 million in business activity subject to state sales tax in fiscal year 2013 (July 2012-June 2013). This represented a 6.8 percent increase over FY2012. Taxable retail sales rose 7.2 percent. Services subject to sales tax, neck-and-neck with retail for the top economic spot in Custer, rose 7 percent.
Find current month-by-month sales tax data on the South Dakota Department of Revenue website.
Gross Sales Tax Revenue
Below is an interactive graph showing Custer's 2012-2013 gross sales trends by economic sector.
Work - Employment
The leading employers in the City of Custer are the Black Hills National Forest, Custer School District, South Dakota Star Academy, and Custer County. South Dakota is a right to work state.
The chart below shows the unemployment rate over the past decade for Custer county, along with a line showing the average during this time, as recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The unemployment rate is defined as the number unemployed as a percent of the labor force. Persons 16 years and older who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work (except for temporary illness) and had made specific efforts to find employment, are classified as unemployed. For more information, see http://bls.gov/lau/.
Another way to explore the types of jobs in a particular area in the Black Hills region is to compare the number of jobs to the number of people employed. The higher the ratio of jobs to employed persons, the more common part-time employment is in this county. The chart below shows the movement in both these numbers, as well as a visual comparison of the difference between “employment” and “all employees.” These data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.