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Job Market Grows In March

April 2, 2014, 5:08 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Job Market Grows In March

A new survey says the U.S. job market is recovering from the brutal winter.

ADP says private employers added 191,000 jobs in March. That's up from 153,000 in February.  

With so much positive economic news, we decided to look at the local impact.

The ADP survey says some of the most impressive job growth involves small businesses. They alone added 72,000 jobs last month.

That's surprising even to small business owners.

"When you think small business, you think a smaller amount of people working. You think big box chains and you think 50 to 100 employees. Where here, I only have three or four employees," Chelsea Pickner, owner of Chelsea's Boutique said.

Chelsea's Boutique is one of many small businesses that opened as the economy rebounded.

Pickner says she's definitely noticed a change.

"When you go out at night, you see more people out during the week instead of just if it's a special time and only once a week or on the weekends. So I definitely see more people going out for dinner, drinks with the girlfriends. That sort of thing," Pickner said.

Lineka Nelson from Worthington agrees there's been improvement in the economy, but says there is still room to improve.

"I think we're working up to where we were at. But I think we need a little bit more. I mean, a lot of us are low-income families and there ain't really jobs for us that are working families that have kids," Nelson said.

While Nelson believes there needs to be more full-time jobs with better wages, she is hopeful for the future.

"In the future, when my son is like 20 or 30 years old, I think we will be back where we were," Nelson said.

Sammi Bjelland: So optimistic about it?
Nelson: Oh yeah.

A financial website recently ranked Sioux Falls number one for wallet wellness. Wallet Hub looked at several factors, including credit scores, commute time and workers' well being.

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