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South Dakota Workforce Development Council
Bill Molseed, Director
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-5017

Key Workforce Priorities

  1. Ensure South Dakota has a competent and qualified workforce to allow for economic growth and expansion.
  2. Recruit former South Dakotans and other interested individuals to South Dakota by connecting them to career and business opportunities.
  3. Retain South Dakota natives in the workforce by making them aware of career opportunities.

Fast Facts

  • The unemployment rate in South Dakota regularly ranks as one of the nation’s three lowest.
  • The state’s labor force participation rate is the highest in the nation, at 72.5 percent in 2009.
  • South Dakota’s healthcare industry is projected to be among the largest growth industries through 2018; it will add an estimated 8,000 workers to South Dakota’s economy. The rate of growth is projected to be 16.2 percent.

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