Job vacancies increase in last quarter

Published On: Mar 01 2013 08:16:55 AM CST
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

State labor leaders say they're encouraged by an increase in the number of job vacancies in Minnesota.

Department of Employment and Economic Development figures show the number of job opportunities rose 18 percent in the last quarter of 2012 to nearly 59,000. And, fewer vacancies were for part-time work.

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben says the state hasn't seen this many job openings in the fourth quarter since well before the recession started. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the median wage for those who found full-time work is about $17 an hour and has stayed at that level since 2010.

Industries with the most job vacancies include health care and social assistance, retail and food service and sales.