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JOBS NOW Coalition

Job Vacancy FACT SHEET—November 2014

Metro Job Openings Up; Wage Offers Down

In the Twin Cities Metro Region there are 68,500 unemployed job seekers competing for 47,100 job openings, according to the most recent Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).*  Metro job seekers outnumber job openings by just 1.5-to-1—the best ratio of job seekers to job openings since 2001.**

As the largest private employer in the country owned by America's richest family, Walmart has the power to change the lives of workers throughout our economy.  Walmart pays so little that many workers can't make ends meet and take care of their families.  Many are forced to rely on government assistance.  It is estimated that Walmart's low wages cost taxpayers $6.2 billion each year.  But there is hope for change.