Help wanted: South Dakota pays to lure workers

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 18, 2012 - 7:17 PM

Private recruiters boast of wide-open opportunities as state faces an issue others envy: Too many job openings.

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keaton12Aug. 18, 1211:05 PM

I am focused on Sioux Falls and am ready to pack up and take my skills with me. The hiring process is slow. I am not sure if the recruiters don't think one is serious about leaving the big city but I am waiting patiently for the phone to ring. I grew up in a rural community so I love the prairie....tick, tock, tick tock.

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shushyn78Aug. 18, 1211:36 PM

The article makes no mention of the difference in economic climate between East and West River regions. What is going on in Sioux Falls and Mitchell is vastly superior to what is happening in Rapid City or Spearfish. If you move, make sure you have all the facts before you go.

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gopher911Aug. 19, 12 6:34 AM

It also does not mention that they are in the process of opening up South Dakota to oil drilling and that they are building a new oil refinery which will add tons of more jobs.

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iplawguyAug. 19, 12 7:33 AM

You might want to check the salaries before you head west. Unless things have changed in recent years, SD has always come in dead last in pay scales among the 50 states. It was always the Bangalore of America. Why do you think so many companies like Citibank and TCF have relocated there? Cheap labor. While there is no personal income tax, they more than make up for it with high property taxes. Sioux Falls is not much cheaper to live in than many parts of the Twin Cities.

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ngv918Aug. 19, 12 7:53 AM

Think LONG and HARD before moving to this state. We moved there about four years ago for the low unemployment, only to find that they do not care if you have a college degree - they will still pay you or anyone $9 per hour job. I worked in a call center for this much and we barely were able to support our family. Many people I worked with had another job to supplement their income. Most of the jobs are call centers, meat packing, collections and hospital jobs. There is a reason for the low unemployment. A brain drain is taking place as there are no industries to support the college grads. People are leaving this state to go elsewhere for better benefits, schools and wages. Don't be fooled. We are back in Minnesota after trying to get out for four years.

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glgAug. 19, 12 8:29 AM

North & South Dakota are helping keep Minnesota's unemployment rate down.

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flossy2012Aug. 19, 12 9:06 AM

Unlike California, South Dakota is not a welfare state. People are actually expected to work to support themselves. Imagine that.

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allhailfsmAug. 19, 12 9:11 AM

If south dakota is so great, and conservative economics is so powerful, then why does the state government have to pay people to move there?

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flossy2012Aug. 19, 12 9:14 AM

"You might want to check the salaries before you head west. Unless things have changed in recent years, SD has always come in dead last in pay scales among the 50 states." And it also has one of the LOWEST costs of living. $30,000 a year is impossible to live on in Manhattan, but you can do OK in South Dakota.

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wingknutAug. 19, 12 9:34 AM

I visited Sioux Falls once and agree with the man in the article who moved there, I also thought that the people were very nice and wouldn't mind living in a place where people are more friendly.

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