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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 2019):

  • Employers reported a total of 127,550 vacancies down 6.8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • About 59.2 percent of all job vacancies, approximately 75,575, are in the Twin Cities seven-county metro area, while the remaining 51,978 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 down from 5.2 percent reported one year ago.
  • Statewide, there were 0.7 unemployed person for each vacancy, meaning there are more open positions than unemployed individuals.

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-five 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 2019, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.