MITCHELL, SD -
The City of Mitchell is touting an unemployment rate under 3 percent, but there are still jobs to fill. That's the ultimate goal of a city-wide job fair.
"It is pretty well attended, I think. It's helpful to get everybody in one place so they can visit and see what they're out looking for," Faith Martin with Hendrickson Trailer Suspension said.
"To us, it makes it an easier interview. The first interview, so to speak," Keith Johnson with Paulson Air, Heating and Cooling said.
Fair organizers say there are about 1,000 jobs available in Mitchell, but the latest labor statistics show just under 300 people consider themselves unemployed. That isn't great news for businesses looking for employees.
"Yes, it needs to get more equal, because we're trying to find somebody to do what you need them to do right. It's quite tough," Johnson said.
That's why they're hoping to attract more people to the city to fill those open positions, people like Jane McLister.
"We've always enjoyed the Mitchell area. It's a great area, a great area to raise your children. We come from a very populated place and we're looking to start our retirement here," McLister said.
McLister drove 15 hours from Columbus, Ohio to attend the job fair just so she and her husband can start their life here as soon as possible.
"As a matter of fact, I just got off the phone with my husband debating whether or not I'm driving back tonight. I may stick around for another day or two," McLister said.
After looking at the 35 employers offering jobs, she may have found the perfect fit for her that connects to her family's history of community service.
"A lot of the educational jobs are really interesting. This is a great area for families, so anywhere where we can help somebody out is just great for us," McLister said.
She is just one of many who were at Mitchell Technical Institute for the fair. Anything from manufacturing, retail, government and healthcare jobs were open to those who walked in the door.
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