The job market in the northeast is looking strong despite an Aberdeen beef plant laying off hundreds of workers in July.
Brown County is boasting a low unemployment rate and an Aberdeen job fair Tuesday had a record 56 employers set up looking for workers.
Travis Kirk attended the fair, hoping to be added to someone’s payroll.
"There are a lot of options and it makes me feel good," Kirk said.
The Department of Labor reports a three percent unemployment rate in Brown County so employers are having to compete for workers. 3M is long established in Aberdeen; it's doing what it can to recruit.
"We continue to work and partner with the community in events like this job fair; we partner with local schools to attract great talent," plant manager Keith Kelble said.
The job fair gave an idea of the labor market outside Aberdeen as well. Companies from Roslyn, Groton, even Watertown were there trying to recruit. Types of current job openings are widespread.
"High degree ones, high school diploma ones, whatever they might need,” Department of Labor's Dan Thielsen said. “There's a whole wide range here. And you have the whole gamut of all the different types of spectrums that are here for employers."
Kirk scanned the options and filled out applications right on the spot.
"Construction or anything I can get my hands on," Kirk said.
Some companies at the job fair said they’re having to look farther to find workers. One said it used to recruit workers within a 30-mile radius but has expanded to 90 miles to fill positions.