The number of job vacancies grew by 16.7 percent from one year ago, to 84,700 during second quarter 2014. Fifteen of 22 occupational groups showed growth in the number of job vacancies from one year ago. Occupations showing the strongest growth from last year include: Healthcare Support, Office & Administration Support, Food Preparation & Serving Related, Transportation & Material Moving, Building Cleaning & Grounds Maintenance, and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical.
About 47,100 job vacancies, or 55.6 percent, were located in the Twin Cities seven-county area. The remaining 37,600 were in Greater Minnesota.
Overall, there were 1.6 unemployed job seekers for each job vacancy statewide indicating that the labor market is tightening due to baby boomer retirements and continued job growth.