Employment picture brightens with most job openings in 12 years

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It's the best time to look for a job in more than a decade. The jobs are so plentiful, in fact, that one state official is issuing a warning about the potential for a worker shortage in the future.

Citing figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, WCCO reports that there are more job openings in Minnesota now than there have been in 12 years.

Employers reported 72,570 openings in the second quarter, an increase of 15.3 percent from a year ago. The majority of openings (42,320) were in the seven-county metro, with the remaining 30,250 openings in the rest of the state. Vacancies jumped 22.3 percent in the Twin Cities and 6.7 percent in greater Minnesota.

Jobs in health care accounted for 19.4 percent of the openings. Other categories with job vacancies included retail (13.4 percent), accommodation and food services (11.4 percent) and manufacturing (7.4 percent).

MPR reports that the staff at DEED surveys 10,000 employers in the state twice a year, asking what jobs are available. Their most recent survey found job creation at one of the highest rates of the past decade.

State economist Tom Stinson told MPR that the number of younger workers entering the workforce is smaller than the number of baby boomers they will replace. He said that if the state's economy continues to grow and job creation matches it, the state could face a shortage of skilled workers in the next decade.

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