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Seasonal employees becoming harder to find for area attractions

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The weeks prior to Memorial Day here in the Black Hills means the hiring of thousands of seasonal employees by area businesses and attractions.

But with the growing number of resorts, restaurants, and visitors, finding employees is becoming a challenge.

Russ Jobman, General Manager of Xanterra says it's getting competitive to find employees.

He says 44 years ago when he began he would have more than 1,700 applications for his 130 openings.

Now Jobman says he's lucky to get 400 people applying.

"They're just not there anymore. They used to be more. Fast food restaurants are hiring, there are more big box stores out there hiring that weren't there when I started. So yeah, it's getting increasingly difficult every year," says Jobman. 

But more openings means good news for employees looking for summer work.

"It was a very easy process. The people here were very responsive and I got an email almost within the week and was able to figure everything out within a month or two," says Reuben Antvelink, a seasonal employee from Michigan. 

Jobman says hiring overseas workers has been more difficult in recent years, also contributing to the shortage of applicants.

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