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6 Workforce Summits planned around South Dakota

PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six Workforce Summits across South Dakota between late April and mid-June.

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The goal is to get state, community, business and education leaders talking about the state's workforce challenges and opportunities, Daugaard said in a statement Wednesday.

"We have abundant career opportunities and great employers to tout in South Dakota," he said. "The biggest constraint on our economic growth is available labor supply. We must continuously review our current efforts to develop and expand our workforce."

Meetings are planned Tuesday, April 29, at Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell; Wednesday, May 21, at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown; Thursday, May 22, at the Days Inn Convention Center in Brookings; Tuesday, June 3, at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City; Wednesday, June 4, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen; and Tuesday, June 17, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls.

All of the meetings are to run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. They are free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

South Dakota was tied with Nebraska for the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 3.6 percent, and just behind the national low of 2.6 percent in North Dakota, according to latest U.S. Labor Department figures for the month of February.