Minnesota employers reported more than 146-thousand job vacancies in the second quarter of this year. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says that is the highest total on record and an indication the state labor market remains tight.

“That’s up 3 percent from one year ago, that is a record number, however it is a bit leveling off from the previous four years of growth in vacancies.”

DEED’s Oriane Casale says the narrowing of the ratio between vacancies and unemployment overall is positive indication that employers are able to fill positions and candidates are attracted to the state’s job market.