There may be lots of jobs in KELOLAND, but companies say finding workers who meet certain qualifications can be hard. That dilemma trickles down from employers to job placement centers.
People across KELOLAND look for jobs or "help wanted" signs in the window while others visit job placement agencies to find work. Jeff Alvey, the owner of Allegiance Staffing in Sioux Falls, says his company finds jobs in the clerical and light industrial industries.
"It's primarily entry level jobs, my average wage is right at about $10 an hour," Alvey said.
Often times the waiting room is empty. He says it can get difficult pinpointing the right person for the job.
"Yes, there are jobs out there. People may not want the jobs or they may not be qualified or they don't have the training and that's a big issue," Alvey said.
For Darla Lukens, the district manager at Kelly Services, she says it is also hard finding qualified or experienced people.
"A lot of companies are struggling to find qualified and skilled welders, machine operators, accounting people," Lukens said.
Lukens says people are also being a bit choosier when it comes to where they work, that is also causing some companies to have a difficult time finding help.