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Fewer (not more) Minnesota job openings are requiring post-secondary education

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends, Economics Updated: May 6, 2014 - 1:11 PM

One of the most ubiquitous statistics in Minnesota public life in recent years has been this: by 2018, 70 percent of all jobs in the state will require post-secondary education.

The figure has been cited a lot, including by the Itasca Project. It comes from the Minnesota analysis in a report that can be found here, via the Georgetown Center on Workforce and Education.

But the job market is not cooperating with that prediction. In fact, based on the twice-annual Job Vacancy Survey, reality is moving in the opposite direction.

At the end of 2013, the share of job openings requiring post-secondary education fell to a seven-year low, at 38 percent.

The upshot is that more and more of the job openings in the state are low-skill, and therefore low-wage, something we've been reporting on for a couple of years now.

Hat tip to the JOBS NOW Coalition, which noticed the trend in the survey data.

(That image of the graduate with fists in the air is free clip art from ClipArtBest.com)

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