DL-Online: Over half of MN job openings are in low-wage occupations

EXCERPT: “There are 60,000 job openings in Greater Minnesota, the most openings since the state first conducted the Job Vacancy Survey in 2001. Most of the overall gain in job openings was caused by a sharp increase in six low-wage occupations: food preparation and serving, sales, personal care, office support, janitorial, and farming. Compared with four years ago, when DEED did its last survey before the state began raising its minimum wage, job openings are up 108 percent in the six occupations listed above. The increase for these occupations is four times greater than for the other occupations in the survey. In the current survey, 53 percent of all Greater Minnesota openings are in the same six low-wage occupations. For these openings, the median wage is $11.60 per hour.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2A9PluD