Job vacancies at a record high

Job openings in Minnesota soared to a record high in the second quarter of 2021 as demand for workers increased 84% compared to the second quarter of 2020. As the state’s economy continues to recover from the pandemic recession, employers in Minnesota reported more than 205,000 vacancies as they struggled to fill open jobs. 

In Central Minnesota, Vacancies more than doubled in over the past year, up 104.5% to 21,935 vacancies. 

The median wage offer was $15.28, as demand for food prep and retail workers returned. 

The largest number of vacancies were in Accommodation and Food Services (4,583 vacs.) and Retail Trade (4,287 vacs.), and vacancies jumped for Transportation and Material Moving workers. 

Nationwide natural gas price spike expected to mean higher heating bills

Minnesota Energy Resources, the natural gas provider for Mora, is letting customers know that their heating bills will likely rise as the temperatures fall — it’s due to a nationwide spike in natural gas prices.

The price of natural gas has more than doubled this year and currently sits at the highest level in a decade. This increase is mainly due to tight supplies and a worldwide increase in demand for natural gas.

An analysis done by Minnesota Energy Resources predicts the typical residential customer will pay $44 more a month this winter compared to last year. The analysis assumes typical winter weather.

Natural gas is a pass-through expense; Minnesota Energy Resources does not earn a profit on the gas it purchases for its customers.

More Minnesotans than ever before qualify for the state’s Energy Assistance Program. Customers can visit https://www.minnesotaenergyresources.com/payment-bill/lieap for more information.

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