May 13, 2011
There were 3.1 million job openings on the last business day of March 2011, up from 3.0 million in February. This marks the first time since November 2008 that job openings have been at or above 3.0 million for two consecutive months.
The job openings level has trended up since the end of the recession in June 2009 (as designated by the National Bureau of Economic Research) but remains well below the 4.4 million opening when the recession began in December 2007.
The job openings rate (2.3 percent) was unchanged over the month, following a gain in February.
These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for March 2011 are preliminary and subject to revision. For more information, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — March 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0679.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Job openings and job openings rate in March 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110513.htm (visited July 24, 2014).
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