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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)

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This study will address itself to the general objective of defining in economic terms the rural labor force in a particular area of South Dakota. Two specific objectives are:

1. To identify and analyze the quantity and quality characteristics of a rural labor force.

2. To measure the rural labor force against quantity and quality characteristics so that the potential as well as the currently available labor is identified.

The geographical basis for the study was the service area of the Sioux Valley Empire Electric Association, a Rural Electric Association cooperative. This cooperative serves all or part of five counties in East-Central South Dakota. Location of the study area is shown in Figure 1. Areas not served by SVEEA and excluded from this study were Lake Hendricks township in Brookings county, parts of Clarno and Orland townships in Lake county, parts of Dell Rapids, Serdup, Benton, Mapleton, Wayne, and Falls townships in Minnehaha county. All of Moody county and parts of three townships--Denver, Whitewood, and Spring Lake-- in Kingsbury county were included in the study area.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Labor supply -- South Dakota
Rurl population -- South Dakota



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South Dakota State University