For many Minnesota businesses, hiring still hasn’t returned to pre-recession levels—but that’s not to say there aren’t companies hiring local workers en masse.
 
Forbes recently released the results of a new employment outlook report from job aggregator SimplyHired.com, and it offers good news to job seekers in the Twin Cities as well as other large cities across the United States.
 
The report listed the five companies that have the greatest number of job openings in 25 major metro areas. Here’s a look at the five that have the most job openings in the Twin Cities, along with the number of jobs available and the month-over-month change in available jobs:
 
1.     UnitedHealth Group: 1,473 jobs (6.6 percent)
2.     3M: 978 jobs (-3.9 percent)
3.     University of Minnesota: 783 jobs (2.7 percent)
4.     Great Clips: 729 jobs (9.8 percent)
5.     Wells Fargo: 422 jobs (133.3 percent)
 
The report didn’t specify the types of jobs that each company has available, and although the number of openings that each company has may come as some surprise, the companies that made the list don’t.
 
Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, Maplewood-based 3M, the University of Minnesota based in Minneapolis, and San Francisco-based Wells Fargo are all among the state’s 25 largest employers. They employ roughly 18,000, 15,000, 25,000, and 20,000 Minnesotans, respectively. UnitedHealth Group and 3M are also among the state’s five-largest public companies.
 
Edina-based Great Clips, although it’s not one of the largest local employers, has been growing rapidly. It ranked 4,666 on the 2012 Inc. 5000 list—which recognizes the country’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies based on their three-year revenue growth rate percentage. With 2011 revenue totaling $58 million, Great Clips ranked 89th among the Minnesota companies on the list.
 
“Overall, we are seeing positive and steady growth when it comes to hiring right now,” Simply Hired CEO and President James Beriker told Forbes. “January marked the eighth time in nine months that Simply Hired saw an increase in nationwide job openings. In addition, the ratio of unemployed persons to each job opening has consistently held steady at three to one. These factors are both very encouraging signs for the year ahead.”
 
To see the five companies doing the most hiring in all 25 of the major cities studied in the report, click here.

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