South Dakota WORKS

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By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

In South Dakota we have the third lowest unemployment rate in the nation. This is a source of pride, but it’s also a double-edged sword. Because so few South Dakotans are unemployed, we have a shortage of qualified workers to fill job openings.

We lack skilled workers in accounting, engineering, information technology, health care, manufacturing trades and elsewhere. Workforce development is not a new challenge for South Dakota, and it’s an issue that states across the nation face. In recent years, we have been working to identify the components of an effective workforce system and develop strategies to meet employer needs.


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