The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program produces data on job openings, hires, and separations.
JOLTS Data by Establishment Size
JOLTS staff are conducting research on the development of data by size class, and have produced a research series of size class estimates stretching back to December of 2000, when the JOLTS series began. These experimental size class estimates are now available upon request. These data are based on size of establishment and cover only the total private sector. This experimental series will be updated periodically, as resources permit. To obtain these data, please contact us by e-mail or (202) 691-5870. For information regarding the methodology used to develop the size class data please view our size class methodology.
October 07, 2014
There were 4.8 million job openings on the last business day of August, up from July and the highest level since January 2001.
The hires rate (3.3 percent) was down and the separations rate (3.2 percent) was little changed in August.
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS)
With the release of January data on March 11, 2014, the BLS has revised the job openings, hires, and separations data to incorporate the annual updates to the Current Employment Statistics employment estimates and the JOLTS seasonal adjustment factors. Unadjusted data and seasonally adjusted data from December 2000 forward are subject to revision. Also effective with the release of January data, durable goods manufacturing and nondurable goods manufacturing data have become available on a seasonally adjusted basis. Tables showing the revisions from 2000 through 2013 can be found using this link: www.bls.gov/jlt/revisiontables.htm
August 2011 estimates of hires, separations, and job openings originally published on October 12, 2011, had not been adjusted to account for a strike in the information industry. With the September release, August estimates reflect both regular revisions and corrections. For further assistance, see www.bls.gov/bls/errata/jolts_corrections_11082011.htm.
With the release of January 2009 data on March 10, 2009, BLS implemented improvements to the methodology used to generate estimates of hires, separations, and job openings from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program. These changes were designed to improve the measurement of hires, separations, and openings and to more closely align the hires and separations estimates with monthly employment change as measured by the BLS Current Employment Statistics (establishment) survey. All JOLTS historical series were revised to incorporate the new methods. For general information about the improvements in our methodology, please see (www.bls.gov/jlt/methodologyimprovement.htm).
For additional information concerning the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), contact a JOLTS staff member at:
Survey participants who need assistance in completing their monthly report, call 1-800-341-4620.