If you or someone you know is a construction worker, here's a great opportunity. It could lead to a bigger paycheck and a better quality of life.

With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, the demand for skilled construction labor is so strong in South Dakota that seven labor groups have joined forces and formed a coalition to find more workers.

That coalition announced Wednesday their intentions to meet with workers in South Dakota to educate them and engage them in the positive career climate the state offers.

The new 'Dakota Construction Careers Campaign' offers participants more than a job. The campaign offers new careers with training, health and retirement benefits and the opportunity to build a better tomorrow.

Their challenge is to recruit and train new workers to meet the growing demand for labor to build roads, bridges and community infrastructure to accommodate growing populations in both North and South Dakota.

After a successful kickoff to the campaign in neighboring North Dakota, the campaign is ready to meet perspective participants here in South Dakota. Four open house events, which will inform candidates about the program will be held at four locations across the state during the month of May.

Business Manager Glen Johnson of Operating Engineers Local 49 says,

South Dakota is prime for a push like this. There are so many current and future career opportunities presenting themselves that it is imperative we take action and find people who take pride in their work and want to be rewarded with a better life.

He goes to point out that this state was built on hard work and he believes that there are many hard working men and women out there who want a career that will enable them to live the life they strive to have.

He hopes to have a huge turnout at each open house event. The need for workers is so strong, they need to meet with as many hard-working, dedicated workers as they can.

The four scheduled open house events in South Dakota will take place on the following dates and at the following locations:

May 9 & 10 in Pierre, SD
ClubHouse Hotel & Suites, 808 West Sioux Ave
May 9: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
May 10: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 9 & 10 in Rapid City
Best Western Ramkota, 2111 North Lacrosse Street
May 9: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
May 10: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 16 & 17 in Aberdeen
Ramada Convention Center, 2727 6th Ave. SE
May 16: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
May 17: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 16 & 17 in Sioux Falls
ClubHouse Hotel & Suites 2320 Louise Ave
May 16: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
May 17: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Dakota Construction Careers.