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Minnesota Job Vacancy Key Findings

Job vacancies are current positions that employers want to fill. These are a measure of the demand for workers.

Knowing about job vacancies can help you target your job search.

How Many Job Vacancies Are There?

According to the most recent Minnesota Job Vacancies Survey (October — December 2013):

  • Job seekers are finding more employment opportunities compared to last year. Job vacancies in the state are up by 2.6 percent from one year ago, for a total of 60,400 vacancies.

  • About 54.9 percent of all job vacancies (approximately 33,160) are located in the Twin Cities seven-county metro area, while the remaining 27,240 are in greater Minnesota. For more information about job vacancies in a specific economic development region, explore regional findings.

  • Currently, there are 2.1 unemployed people for each vacancy statewide. One year ago, there were about 2.6 unemployed people for each vacancy. This decrease in the number of unemployed compared to the number of vacancies indicates that the labor market is becoming more favorable for job seekers.

Where is the Greatest Need for Workers?

View the top 15 jobs with the most vacancies. Each link provides more information, including a career description, average wage, education requirements, and more.

What Kind of Education and Experience Do New Jobs Require?

  • Thirty-eight percent of reported job vacancies require post-secondary education: a vocational degree or certificate, two-year degree, bachelor's degree, or advanced degree. The remaining jobs require a high school diploma or less.

  • Fifty-three percent of jobs call for experience specifically related to the position.

  • As education and experience requirements increase, so do the wage rates offered, on average.

  • View Job Vacancy Survey by Occupation to find education and experience requirements for each occupation.

What Will Future Demand Be Like?

Job vacancies reflect short-term market conditions, not future prospects of an occupation. To find out whether the job you are searching or training for will still be in demand over the next years, visit Growing Careers.

Source: Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey, 4th Quarter 2013, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.