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Employers, Job Seekers Talk About Difficulties

September 20, 2012, 5:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Employers, Job Seekers Talk About Difficulties

New numbers on the economy show both ends of KELOLAND are doing far better than most areas of the country.  In fact, both Sioux Falls and Rapid City are in the top ten cities with the lowest rates of unemployment.  Rapid City ranks eighth with a rate of 4.3 percent.  Sioux Falls is fourth at four percent.

It's been a tough year for John Coleman.  He thought he'd retire from the company he was working for, but instead, was laid off last April.  He's been on the job hunt since.

"I've had like four or five interviews but lately nothing has come through.  Basically that's why I'm here at this job fair, trying to go through all the leads I can find," Coleman said.

Dozens of employers and hundreds of job seekers attended this fourth annual job fair at Active Generations.  Coleman says he'll keep searching for a job as long as it takes.

"I just purchased a home here last August so I can't just up and leave right now.  I'm still trying to have faith and continue to look for a job here," Coleman said.

Those on the other side of the coin say it is also a difficult time for them.  Employers are having a difficult time finding the perfect person for their open positions.

"We're trying to find loyalty.  I think the hard thing is finding loyalty where someone stays a longer duration of time," Good Samaritan Society Humane Resources Director Melissa Moerike said.

Moerike says with unemployment relatively low here, employers are working hard to find enough workers.

"It's not just about work now.  We have to promote families and provide support financially and do a lot more providing services outside of just the workplace.  So we have to be creative for sure," Moerike said.

Despite those troubles, job seekers and employers agree that they'd rather have those hurdles to overcome, than what other areas are facing.

On the other end of the unemployment spectrum is Yuma, Arizona, where the rate is more than 30 percent.

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