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$8 million in development projects underway in Freeman

This video is from SDPB's news program, South Dakota Focus.

South Dakota's low unemployment is usually good. But now it means employers struggle to fill jobs in certain industries. And that problem has only been exacerbated by supply shortages, labor mobility, and inflation. In short, it's a tricky time to run a business.

Those challenges are more serious in rural towns with an even smaller potential workforce. That's a big reason why many small towns in South Dakota see their business communities struggling.

Freeman is a town with fewer than 2,000 residents. It also has upwards of 8 MILLION dollars in development projects underway this summer. That includes a revamped main street and a new housing development.