Part-time Job Openings Up 57% in NW MN

JOBS NOW CoalitionJob Vacancy FACT SHEET—June 2015  In Northwest Minnesota there are 1.4 job seekers for every job opening, according to the updated Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).*  Job openings grew 32 percent in the last year.**  But full-time openings have not grown as fast as part-time openings.  Over the last year, full-time openings rose 17 percent; part-time openings rose 57 percent.  Nearly 30 percent of all openings are in the two largest occupations—food preparation and serving, and sales.  There’s no evidence that growth in these low-wage occupations has slowed because of the increase in the state minimum wage.  For example:·       In the survey from a year ago, conducted before the minimum wage hike, food preparation and serving had 500 openings.·       In the current survey, conducted after the minimum wage hike, food preparation and serving has 1,600 openings—more than three times as many openings as a year ago.Other findings for Northwest Minnesota include:

  • ·       Forty-four percent of all openings are part-time.  
  • ·       Only 32 percent of all openings require education or training beyond high school; only 12 percent require a four-year degree.
  • ·       The median wage for all openings is $11.96 per hour.***

DEED’s Cost of Living in Minnesota study shows that the regional average for a family-supporting wage is $13.90 per hour.****  To see the updated research by county, use DEED’s Cost of Living Calculator at /data-tools/col/index.jspQuestions?  Contact Kevin Ristau at 651-290-0240 or * The Northwest Minnesota Planning Region consists of the following 26 counties: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, and Wilkin.** Figures for job openings are from fourth quarter 2014.*** A median is a midway point; half of the jobs are above it, half below.**** The average Minnesota family size is three persons; the average workweek is 33.7 hours.  Partnered, 1 full-time and 1 part-time worker, 1 child, provides a standard yearly cost and hourly wage needed for a typical family, regardless of how the weekly work hours are distributed between the two adults.