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.
Job openings were little changed at 5.4 million on the last business day of February. Hires increased to
5.4 million while separations were little changed at 5.1 million. The quits rate was 2.1 percent and the
layoffs and discharges rate was 1.2 percent.
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Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS)
With the release of January 2016 data on March 17, job openings, hires, and separations data have been revised from December 2000 forward to incorporate annual updates to the Current Employment Statistics employment estimates and the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) seasonal adjustment factors. In addition, all data series are now available on a seasonally adjusted basis. Tables showing the revisions from 2000 through 2015 can be found using this link: http://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.