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Minnesota firms have 60,400 open jobs

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ST. PAUL - Jobs are available in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Tuesday that state employers had 60,400 vacancies in the fourth quarter of 2013. That is the most openings in the fourth quarter for nine years.

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Job vacancies were 2.6 percent higher than the same period in 2012. Still, there were 2.1 jobless Minnesotans for every open job.

“While there are still hardworking Minnesotans looking for employment, our data suggest the labor market is coming back into alignment in the wake of the recession,” DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said. “Increased job vacancies are a sign that the economy is growing and companies are looking for skilled workers.”

According to the study, 45 percent of openings were in greater Minnesota. Compared with a year earlier, job vacancies were up 11.3 percent in greater Minnesota and down 3.6 percent in the Twin Cities.

Health care and social assistance had the most job vacancies, followed by retail trade.

Businesses with 10 to 249 employees accounted for 64.5 percent of the vacancies.

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