The number of job vacancies grew 2.6 percent from one year ago to almost 60,400 during fourth quarter 2013. Statewide, Health Care and Social Assistance had the most job vacancies at 12,156, followed by Retail Trade at 8,787, Manufacturing at 6,560, Accommodation and Food Services at 5,395 and Construction at 3,614 vacancies.
About 54.9 percent of all job vacancies, 33,161, were located in the Twin Cities seven-county area. The remaining 27,236 vacancies were located in Greater Minnesota.
Overall, there were 2.1 unemployed job seekers for each job vacancy statewide. This ratio is now much more in line with the 2.0 ratio that Minnesota averaged between 2004 and 2007 before the start of the Great Recession.