SD governor plans trip to Minnesota to recruit job seekers


South Dakota's governor is getting ready to set up shop at the Mall of America in Bloomington to sell Minnesotans on potential job opportunities across the border, Twin Cities Business reports.

According to the publication, Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to appear at a Dakota Roots booth at the mall to visit with shoppers and talk about career opportunities in the state to get Minnesotans thinking about relocating to South Dakota.

Dakota Roots is a worker recruitment initiative that the state launched in 2006. Dawn Dovre, the director of public affairs for the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, told Twin Cities Business that the state has upped its recruitment efforts in the past year, saying, "we have more jobs than people."

Dorve said the Daugaard's trip to Minnesota will be "the first recruitment effort of its kind," and the work doesn't stop there: Dakota Roots are also in the middle of a marketing campaign with about a dozen downtown Minneapolis coffee shops, where customers are getting coffee sleeves that feature the organization's website.

Dovre told Twin Cities Business that the open positions in South Dakota run the gamut, including "high demand" and "high wage" jobs including IT positions, engineers, nurses, accounting and finance professionals.

She said there are also opportunities for teachers, mechanics, truck drivers, welders, non-retail sales representatives, and office and administrative staff. The jobs deemed as "most difficult to fill" are IT positions, engineers, welders and health care workers.

South Dakota's unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in March, in comparison with Minnesota's 5.4 percent unemployment rate.

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