Job openings across Minnesota jumped nearly 48 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 from a year ago as demand surged for workers in health care, social services, stores, bars and hotels, according to state survey results released Tuesday. The "Job Vacancy Survey" found that employers reported 49,900 full- and part-time job openings in October, November and December compared with only 33,800 a year ago. Economists note that employment in Minnesota has crept upward for months. UnitedHealth Group, the Mayo Clinic and hundreds of stores and restaurants added workers late last year, in some cases to cope with the holiday rush and in other cases because of business growth.
Star Tribune by Dee DePass, 02/28/2012