Job fair indicates strong economy

RAPID CITY, S.D. – With a tight job market favoring prospective employees, it was prospective employers looking to impress Wednesday at a Rapid City job fair.

A job seeker talks to a prospective employer at the Goodwill "Rocktober" Job Fair. A large number of attending businesses and organizations, as well as high placement numbers indicate a strong economy in the Rapid City area. Photo Date: Oct. 3, 2018.

A job seeker talks to a prospective employer.

It was Goodwill’s bi-annual “Rocktober” Job Fair.

Twenty-seven employers and organizations set up at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center seeking new employees.

According to John Hantla, president and CEO of Goodwill of the Great Plains, last year, the fair placed about 400 people into new jobs, and they expect to exceed that number this year. He indicated that higher job placement numbers indicate a strong economy that favors prospective employees.

One business representative at the fair said that job fairs like the Goodwill fair are some of the easiest ways to find qualified and motivated employees in a tight market.

“The best place to find great quality employees is when they come to something like this,” said Misty Geffre, field service manager with Securitas Security Services. “They want to work, they want to find good employment. And where else can you hit 200 people?”

Goodwill is also announcing new jobs. They plan to open a new retail store in Rapid Valley by next summer.

To learn more about Goodwill of the Great Plains, visit them online.

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