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SD Department of Labor reveal strong Job numbers

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Nationwide this summer is expected to be sluggish when it comes to hiring.

The U.S. Department of Labor says the number job openings fell in recent months.

Right now, there are more than 12 million unemployed people in the U.S.

Which translates into at least three people competing for each open job, in a healthy job market, the ratio is usually around 2 to 1.

Here in South Dakota, the unemployment rate remains about half the national average of 8.2%.

Over the past three years the state's economy has remained one of the strongest in the country.

According to a recent survey, employers in South Dakota will look to add even more jobs to the area this summer.

According to a recent business survey from Masters Incorporated, more than one out of five South Dakota businesses surveyed will add jobs this summer.

The South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation tells KSFY recent numbers look very promising in the Aberdeen area.

Things are busy at Midstates Incorporated, including operations in the human resource department.

Midstates is one of several employers in the Aberdeen area adding new positions.

"We have typically done a lot of temporary and part time workers, and now we're, since we're staying busy, we're adding full time positions," Midstates, Inc Human Resource Director, Amy Jones said.

Midstates currently employ about 260 full-time employees and around 50 part time.

With the summer time now upon us they're expanding.

According to Dan Thielsen with the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation in Aberdeen; Midstates is one of several businesses bringing new employment to the area.

"A lot of the companies are doing very very very well on it and it's pretty much across the board. I've seen back office, factory areas, printing areas, whatever, are all doing well and looking for workers," Thielsen said.

Thielsen says in June of 2010, the city of Aberdeen had 927 jobs available; now on the same date two years later 1366 jobs are now available.

He also says Aberdeen's unemployment rate is around 3.5%, it's lowest in the last three years.

Jones says for the more than 300 employees at Midstates Printing the growth gives their employees some reassurance.

According to the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation; since June 19, 2011, nearly 2600 jobs have been added statewide.

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