Job vacancies are soaring in Minnesota, but most of them are low-paying opportunities


The median wage offered to new hires in Minnesota rose by almost a dollar an hour in the past 12 months, bolstered by the increase in the minimum wage, but the majority of open jobs in the state still don’t pay well enough to support a family.

Minnesota has the most job vacancies since 2001, according to new data from the state. Median pay for the openings rose from $12.05 per hour to $12.99 per hour.

“The minimum wage increase is maybe shifting that a little bit,” said Oriane Casale, an analyst at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.


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