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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 2016):

  • More vacancies are available for job seekers than in past years, indicating the state labor market remains tight, and moderate job growth continues. Employers in fourth quarter 2016 reported a total of 97,400 vacancies, up 1.3 percent from fourth quarter 2015, and showing the highest number of vacancies in a fourth quarter in 16 years.

  • About 59.3 percent of all job vacancies, approximately 57,700, are located in the Twin Cities seven-county metro area, while the remaining 39,600 are in Greater Minnesota. For more information about job vacancies in a specific economic development region, explore regional findings.

  • This round of the job vacancy survey showed a job vacancy rate of 3.6 percent, or 3.6 job openings per 100 jobs. This rate remains the same as the rate reported in the fourth quarter 2015.

  • Currently, there are 1.1 unemployed people for each vacancy statewide, equivalent to last year, indicating a strong and stable labor market, and one that is more favorable for job seekers than just several years 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-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-one 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 2016, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.