Headlines should match their photos, right?
The photo underplays the headline, but Victoria Lusk reports that 270 job seekers dropped by the job fair yesterday to visit with 37 worker seekers. That’s 20 more potential employees but 14 fewer employers than last year’s event.
The most recent DOL stats show that in January, Brown County had 20,306 people working and 601 looking for work. That’s 2.9% unemployment. Searching “Brown County” on South Dakota’s official job service page produces 587 openings.
Historical Employment Notes: Monthly unemployment in South Dakota peaks every January: DOL stats since 1990 show that South Dakota off-loads an average of 11,900 jobs from the normal October peak to January hibernation time, leaving an average of 4,300 South Dakotans looking for work in January than were looking in October. Our unemployment rate jumps an average of 1.1 percentage points from October to January.
Looked at from the positives, the numbers of employed and available workers peak every summer, dip when school resumes, resurge a bit at harvest time, then tank in winter.