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Job vacancies in Minnesota hit 13-year high in second quarter

State officials say there haven’t been this many jobs unfilled since 2001. Nearly half of the vacancies are for part-time work.

Minnesota employers had  84,700 job vacancies in the second quarter, the highest number since 2001, state officials said Thursday.

The number is up 16.7 percent from a year ago, according to the job vacancy survey from the state Department of Employment and Economic Development.

About 42 percent of the vacancies were for part-time work, and 16 percent were for temp or seasonal employment. Just over half of the vacancies, about 55 percent, were in the Twin Cities area.

The median wage offer was $12.05 an hour; 64 percent offered health insurance, officials said.

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Said the state report:

Health care and social assistance had the most vacancies (19.3 percent of the total), followed by retail trade (14.8 percent), accommodation and food services (12.4 percent), manufacturing (8.2 percent) and educational services (8.1 percent).

Middle-sized firms (10 to 249 employees) accounted for 64.5 percent of the openings. Large firms (250 workers or more) had 22.8 percent of the vacancies. Small firms (fewer than 10 workers) had 12.7 percent of the vacancies.