MINNEAPOLIS -- People looking for jobs in Minnesota are competing for 22 percent fewer openings than one year ago, indicating that an employment turnaround remains elusive, according to a report released Wednesday.
"A distinctive feature of the recession that began in March 2001 is the employment declines that show no signs of letting up 28 months later. Job losses continue to mount in Minnesota and around the nation despite other signs that a recovery may be under way," the state Department of Employment and Economic Development said.
The department's Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey showed there were 51,000 job vacancies -- two for every five people out of work. In the second quarter of 2002, there were three job vacancies for every five unemployed people.
The survey was based on queries to more than 8,000 employers throughout Minnesota about their hiring needs during the second quarter of 2003. About 69 percent of the employers responded to the survey.
The strongest demand for workers was found in four areas: community and social services providers, including counselors and social workers; health care practitioners and technicians, including registered nurses and licensed practical nurses; personal care and service providers, including child care workers and personal and home care aides; architecture and engineering occupations, including mechanical drafters and civil engineers.
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