The most recent unemployment rates, reported from September 2021, are 1.8% in McCook County and 1.7% in Turner County. Historically, having low unemployment rates was encouraging and they still are to a point. The concerns around adequate staffing are looming across all industries from retail to automotive. Local businesses feeling the stress of not enough coverage due to workforce shortages concerns me. However, what this can do is challenge us to find alternative solutions and utilize some of our up-and-coming local talent. Part of the solution could be to utilize our youth in a new and exciting way. I look forward to engaging our local businesses, cities, and schools in this conversation on how we create workforce solutions, locally and early on!

For more details on the recent workforce statistics, view the full article from the SD Department of Labor here.

Map showing unemployment rates by county in South Dakota. The same data is available in table format at
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