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Some Still Jobless Despite Low Unemployment Rate

February 20, 2014, 7:13 AM by Brittany Larson

Some Still Jobless Despite Low Unemployment Rate

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation website is the largest job database in the State of South Dakota. There are more than 12,000 jobs for people across KELOLAND.

“For the Sioux Falls MSA area, the unemployment in December was just a little up from November of 2.9. But three percent unemployment is very low and it means that employers are going to be clamoring for additional help. So this is good news for jobs seekers and a challenge for job seekers who will have to continuously recruit,” Greg Johnson of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation said.

"It's very challenging because of the wage," job seeker Connie Wilde said. "We are one of the lowest paying states and I don't see that changing anytime soon."

Wilde has been struggling to find work for more than a year.

"I am currently employed but not enough. I am going to be turning 60 in June and I have some physical problems. It has been hard, especially at my age," Wilde said.

She says it has been difficult keeping up with the expenses of living.

"Minimum wage is not livable. There are programs that are so much needed and I unfortunately am one of those statistics that now have to rely on food stamps because I don't make enough money." Wilde said.

She currently holds an associates degree in early childhood education, but even with a degree and experience it has still been a struggle.

"I have applied but because of what my degree is in and the special education that I have, they want me to work with the children who are more challenged, that have behavioral problems and I can't do it anymore because of my age and my limitations," Wilde said.

Now she’s preparing for an interview and has used the South Dakota Department of Labor as a resource to find another job.

"The Department of Labor works hard to try and know the best places to send people to increase their chances of employment for a career, not just a job, but a career," Johnson said.

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