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United States Air Force
FAMILY READINESS PROGRAM
1000 Ellsworth Street
Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
Located near the Black Hills of South Dakota, Rapid City finds itself in the unique position of experiencing the fastest, steadiest growth of any community in the state. High tech companies such as telecommunications and internet service providers have moved into the area and created a demand for highly skilled individuals with strong computer support backgrounds. Customer service call centers, which offer entry- to mid-level positions, are also expanding and prove to be excellent venues for military spouses. Upon arriving at Ellsworth Air Force Base, contact the Employment Assistance Program at the Airman and Family Readiness Center for referrals and assistance with your job search.
The chances of finding employment in the following sectors are good: administrative assistance, banking, accounting, hospitality, health care, education, automotive repair, transportation, construction/labor and sales.
There is a fair chance of finding child care and clerical positions.
Area recreational attractions make Rapid City an obvious choice for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. As a result, tourism plays a major impact on the economy. With an average unemployment rate of 3% as of April 2019, jobs are available; however, underemployment is an issue. Underemployment is a wage level that is not conducive to a standard of living that people can enjoy. The dynamics around underemployment are beginning to change and continue to be a top priority for the local chamber of commerce and economic development council.
Military spouses can circumvent this issue by gaining skills in demand and continuing their education. Job seekers should also know that South Dakota is a right-to-work state.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center is also available to assist with military spouse employment. They can be reached at 605-385-4663 or DSN: 312-675-4663.
Spouses may be eligible to collect unemployment compensation. Requirements vary from state to state, so be sure to check with your current state's unemployment benefits office to determine eligibility based on your personal circumstances. For general information about South Dakota's Unemployment Insurance Program, visit the South Dakota Department of Labor Website. People can also call the Rapid City American Job Center at 605-394-2296.
South Dakota has one of the best job markets in the country. As of April 2019, the unemployment rate statewide averaged 2.8%, while Rapid City had a rate of 3%. The military is the largest employer in the region and the second largest employer in the state, contributing millions of dollars to the state's economy.