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Job Vacancy Survey-Second Quarter 2012

During the Second Quarter of 2012, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) conducted a survey of more than 14,500 private employers across the Commonwealth to determine the number of job vacancies. Employers were asked a number of questions related to job vacancies at their establishments including the number and types of positions open for immediate hire, the work experience required for those positions, the educational requirements for those positions, and whether those positions are full-time, permanent or temporary.

The Massachusetts Job Vacancy Survey is a major information source for tracking labor demand in the Commonwealth. Estimates for job openings were developed at the detailed occupational level and for seven geographical regions. The survey provides useful information for policy makers, job seekers and employers on the required skills and educational levels for job vacancies.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of methodological changes to the second quarter of 2012 survey, the results of this survey may not be compared to previous surveys.


The survey results are provided through a series of tables, which can be downloaded in Excel spreadsheets. The data tables can be accessed below. Please review the definitions of the data terms and descriptions to better understand the results of the survey. A link to the data descriptions is provided below.

State Level Vacancies:

Survey findings are available at the state level by occupation or industry type.

Click here for: Statewide Occupational Job Vacancies
Statewide Industry Job Vacancies

Regional Job Vacancies:

Survey findings are broken down by seven regions at the occupational group level (2 digit Standard Occupational Classification system code) and the more detailed levels (6 digit Standard Occupational Classification system code). A link for an Excel file with detailed information can be found on each summary page.

Click here for a map and list of towns and cities in the Job Vacancy Survey Areas.

Spring 2012 Job Vacancy Data Descriptions

If you have any questions regarding the data, please email

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