September 1, 2023
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s “Freedom Works Here” nationwide workforce recruitment campaign has 1,289 applicants in the final stages of moving to the state.
Glacial Lakes Rubber & Plastics in Watertown had 40 job openings early this spring. Now, they only have 10 job openings. Recently, they hired 14 workers from Texas, California, Colorado, and Minnesota.
Demkota Beef in Aberdeen has also hired 82 workers from out of state in the last six weeks. They’ve been recruited from Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas, Florida, Colorado, and Missouri.
6,039 people have applied to move to South Dakota through “Freedom Works Here.” The most applications have come from California (959), Texas (448), Florida (445), Minnesota (353), and New York (276).