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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 (April— June 2017):

  • More vacancies are available for job seekers than just two years ago. Employers in second quarter 2017 reported a total of 123,000 vacancies, which is the highest number of vacancies in 16 years.
  • About 60.1 percent of all job vacancies, approximately 74,000, are located in the Twin Cities seven-county metro area, while the remaining 49,000 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 4.5 percent, or 4.5 job openings per 100 jobs. This is up from 3.6 reported one year ago.
  • Currently, there are 0.9 unemployed people for each vacancy statewide indicating that there are slightly more job vacancies than unemployed individuals statewide.

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-three 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, 2nd Quarter 2017, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.