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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 Vacancy Survey (April—June 2020):

  • During the second quarter(April-June) 2020, employers reported a total of 111,753 vacancies, down 23.7 percent from the second quarter of 2019. Due to economic changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, this is the first survey period since 2016 when there are more unemployed workers than job vacancies.
  • About 59 percent of all job vacancies, approximately 65,879, are in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area, while the remaining 45,874 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 the Twin Cities job vacancy rate was 3.8% and Greater Minnesota was 4.3%. The Twin Cities had 2.5 job seekers for each vacancy and Greater Minnesota had 2.4 job seekers for each vacancy. The number of job vacancies decreased by 23.4% in the Twin Cities and 24.1% in Greater Minnesota.

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-three 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, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.