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South Dakota
South Dakota Labor Market Information Center

Program Goals and Emphasis

South Dakota’s CRN goals and program emphases include: 1) supporting the state career development program with an emphasis on professional development of teachers and counselors and quality career resources; 2) developing and delivering a comprehensive line of career products, from kindergarten through adult; 3) focusing on coordination of career related activities within public agencies; 4) holding quarterly meetings with customer groups; 5) involving parents in the career information process; and 6) providing information on postsecondary education and training opportunities in the state.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

South Dakota is experiencing a low unemployment rate, slow population growth and good worker growth. Industries showing larger gains included construction, manufacturing, retail trade, financial activities, educational and health care, leisure and hospitality, and government.

For the most up-to-date industry employment and unemployment rates for South Dakota, please visit the Labor Market Information Center’s Web site at:

South Dakota's unemployment rate in January 2006 was 3.4%.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• The South Dakota CRN staff members participate in the South Dakota Career Council—made up of representatives from every sector of the workforce development, career guidance, job placement and career information delivery. Members meet every quarter, and provide a significant feedback on career products and activities.

• South Dakota designed, developed and distributed Helping Your Child to Win at the Game of Life: A Career Planning Guide for Parents. The guide was sent to teachers and counselors, who handed them out at school functions where parents were present. The brochure was also distributed to parents attending financial aid information meetings at many local high schools across the state.

• By administrative rule, South Dakota schools give all students a career interest and aptitude assessment in the 8th or 9th grade. The K-adult career awareness, exploration and decision-making magazines and activity booklets are designed as follow-up resources for the assessment, with the occupational information they contain being organized in the same categories as are the assessment results.
Primary Activities and Trainings

South Dakota has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Counselor Education Class Presentation
• Counselor Workshops
• Positively Impacting Career Development on Career Trends
• PowerPoint slide show
• Publications Committee for DACAC
• South Dakota Career Council
• Training Provider and Program Performance App.
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

The South Dakota CRN designed and developed the South Dakota Career Information, an Internet-based CIDS available to all users for free 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Elementary Schools2
Middle Schools 7
High Schools 81
Community Colleges 4
4-Year Colleges/Universities 25
Other 755

Primary Resources

South Dakota has published the following resources:
• Bookmarks
• Career Tabloids/Booklets for K-Adult
• Career Trends Brochures
• Parents Guide to Career Planning
• Pocket Resume

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program receives additional funding from the following source:
• Other (not specified)
Significant Program Partnerships

• South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education
• South Dakota Tech-Prep
• South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development
• South Dakota Workforce Investment Act program

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Melodee Lane
South Dakota Department of Labor
Labor Market Information Center
420 South Roosevelt Street
Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730
Phone: (605) 626-2314
Fax: (605) 626-2322
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

South Dakota Department of Labor

Regional Contact Information