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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 2017):

  • There are a lot of vacancies in many different fields and at many different wages throughout Minnesota. At 114,000 vacancies, this is the highest number ever recorded during a fall quarter.
  • There are slightly more job vacancies than job seekers in Minnesota. There are only.0.8 unemployed people (active job seekers) for every vacancies.
  • About 60 percent of all job vacancies, approximately 69,000, are located in the Twin Cities seven-county metro area, while the remaining 45,000 are in Greater Minnesota. For more information about job vacancies in a specific economic development region, click on the “change area” button in the data tool.
  • This round of the job vacancy survey showed a job vacancy rate of 4.2 percent, or 4.2 job openings per 100 jobs. This is up from 3.6 reported one year ago.

Where is the Greatest Need for Workers?

View the top 30 jobs with the most vacancies. Each link provides more information on occupation descriptions, average wages, education requirements, and more.

What Kind of Education and Experience Do New Jobs Require?

  • Thirty-two 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.
  • Forty-six percent of jobs call for one or more years of experience.
  • 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 current 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 10 years, visit Growing Careers.

Source: Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey, 4th Quarter 2017, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.