Mayor: Rapid City under employed - KOTA Territory News

Mayor: Rapid City under employed


A new report calls the unemployment rate a crisis for young people in South Dakota.

But Rapid City leadership points to another issue: under employment.

The study, released Tuesday by "Young Invincibles" says the unemployment rate in the state is 10 percent for young adults ages 16-24.

While its better than the national rate of 16 percent, Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker says people moving to the area are competing for existing jobs, creating an underemployment situation.

"There are a lot of people in the Black Hills because they want to be here. They would love to be able to have an East River or Wyoming type salary.  And I believe it's our responsibility as city leaders to facilitate and find ways to bring in additional high paying jobs," says Kooiker.

Kooiker says  there is a plan of action: cutting the red tape and encouraging economic growth by nurturing relationships with business in oil regions such as Houston, Williston, and Saskatchewan.


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