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Job openings little changed in May 2012

July 11, 2012

There were 3.6 million job openings on the last business day of May, little changed from 3.4 million in April. The job openings rate, at 2.7 percent, was little changed from April. The hires rate (3.3 percent) and separations rate (3.3 percent) were essentially unchanged in May.
Job openings rate, seasonally adjusted, April 2002-May 2012
DateJob openings rate

Apr 2002

2.5

May 2002

2.6

Jun 2002

2.4

Jul 2002

2.5

Aug 2002

2.6

Sep 2002

2.5

Oct 2002

2.7

Nov 2002

2.6

Dec 2002

2.3

Jan 2003

2.7

Feb 2003

2.5

Mar 2003

2.3

Apr 2003

2.3

May 2003

2.3

Jun 2003

2.4

Jul 2003

2.3

Aug 2003

2.4

Sep 2003

2.3

Oct 2003

2.4

Nov 2003

2.5

Dec 2003

2.4

Jan 2004

2.5

Feb 2004

2.6

Mar 2004

2.5

Apr 2004

2.6

May 2004

2.7

Jun 2004

2.5

Jul 2004

2.8

Aug 2004

2.7

Sep 2004

2.8

Oct 2004

2.8

Nov 2004

2.5

Dec 2004

2.8

Jan 2005

2.7

Feb 2005

2.8

Mar 2005

2.9

Apr 2005

3.0

May 2005

2.8

Jun 2005

3.0

Jul 2005

3.0

Aug 2005

3.0

Sep 2005

3.1

Oct 2005

3.0

Nov 2005

3.2

Dec 2005

3.1

Jan 2006

3.1

Feb 2006

3.1

Mar 2006

3.2

Apr 2006

3.2

May 2006

3.2

Jun 2006

3.1

Jul 2006

2.9

Aug 2006

3.2

Sep 2006

3.2

Oct 2006

3.1

Nov 2006

3.3

Dec 2006

3.2

Jan 2007

3.2

Feb 2007

3.2

Mar 2007

3.3

Apr 2007

3.2

May 2007

3.2

Jun 2007

3.3

Jul 2007

3.1

Aug 2007

3.2

Sep 2007

3.2

Oct 2007

3.0

Nov 2007

3.1

Dec 2007

3.0

Jan 2008

3.0

Feb 2008

2.8

Mar 2008

2.8

Apr 2008

2.8

May 2008

2.8

Jun 2008

2.7

Jul 2008

2.7

Aug 2008

2.6

Sep 2008

2.3

Oct 2008

2.4

Nov 2008

2.3

Dec 2008

2.2

Jan 2009

2.1

Feb 2009

2.1

Mar 2009

1.9

Apr 2009

1.7

May 2009

1.8

Jun 2009

1.8

Jul 2009

1.7

Aug 2009

1.7

Sep 2009

1.9

Oct 2009

1.8

Nov 2009

1.8

Dec 2009

1.8

Jan 2010

2.1

Feb 2010

2.0

Mar 2010

2.0

Apr 2010

2.4

May 2010

2.1

Jun 2010

2.0

Jul 2010

2.2

Aug 2010

2.2

Sep 2010

2.1

Oct 2010

2.3

Nov 2010

2.3

Dec 2010

2.2

Jan 2011

2.1

Feb 2011

2.3

Mar 2011

2.4

Apr 2011

2.2

May 2011

2.3

Jun 2011

2.4

Jul 2011

2.5

Aug 2011

2.3

Sep 2011

2.6

Oct 2011

2.5

Nov 2011

2.4

Dec 2011

2.6

Jan 2012

2.6

Feb 2012

2.6

Mar 2012

2.7

Apr 2012

2.5

May 2012

2.7
Job openings rate, seasonally adjusted, April 2002-May 2012

Mar 2003

2.3

Apr 2003

2.3

May 2003

2.3

Jun 2003

2.4

Jul 2003

2.3

Aug 2003

2.4

Sep 2003

2.3

Oct 2003

2.4

Nov 2003

2.5

Dec 2003

2.4

Jan 2004

2.5

Feb 2004

2.6

Mar 2004

2.5

Apr 2004

2.6

May 2004

2.7

Jun 2004

2.5

Jul 2004

2.8

Aug 2004

2.7

Sep 2004

2.8

Oct 2004

2.8

Nov 2004

2.5

Dec 2004

2.8

Jan 2005

2.7

Feb 2005

2.8

Mar 2005

2.9

Apr 2005

3.0

May 2005

2.8

Jun 2005

3.0

Jul 2005

3.0

Aug 2005

3.0

Sep 2005

3.1

Oct 2005

3.0

Nov 2005

3.2

Dec 2005

3.1

Jan 2006

3.1

Feb 2006

3.1

Mar 2006

3.2

Apr 2006

3.2

May 2006

3.2

Jun 2006

3.1

Jul 2006

2.9

Aug 2006

3.2

Sep 2006

3.2

Oct 2006

3.1

Nov 2006

3.3

Dec 2006

3.2

Jan 2007

3.2

Feb 2007

3.2

Mar 2007

3.3

Apr 2007

3.2

May 2007

3.2

Jun 2007

3.3

Jul 2007

3.1

Aug 2007

3.2

Sep 2007

3.2

Oct 2007

3.0

Nov 2007

3.1

Dec 2007

3.0

Jan 2008

3.0

Feb 2008

2.8

Mar 2008

2.8

Apr 2008

2.8

May 2008

2.8

Jun 2008

2.7

Jul 2008

2.7

Aug 2008

2.6

Sep 2008

2.3

Oct 2008

2.4

Nov 2008

2.3

Dec 2008

2.2

Jan 2009

2.1

Feb 2009

2.1

Mar 2009

1.9

Apr 2009

1.7

May 2009

1.8

Jun 2009

1.8

Jul 2009

1.7

Aug 2009

1.7

Sep 2009

1.9

Oct 2009

1.8

Nov 2009

1.8

Dec 2009

1.8

Jan 2010

2.1

Feb 2010

2.0

Mar 2010

2.0

Apr 2010

2.4

May 2010

2.1

Jun 2010

2.0

Jul 2010

2.2

Aug 2010

2.2

Sep 2010

2.1

Oct 2010

2.3

Nov 2010

2.3

Dec 2010

2.2

Jan 2011

2.1

Feb 2011

2.3

Mar 2011

2.4

Apr 2011

2.2

May 2011

2.3

Jun 2011

2.4

Jul 2011

2.5

Aug 2011

2.3

Sep 2011

2.6

Oct 2011

2.5

Nov 2011

2.4

Dec 2011

2.6

Jan 2012

2.6

Feb 2012

2.6

Mar 2012

2.7

Apr 2012

2.5

May 2012

(p)2.7

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary
 

These data are featured in the TED article, Job openings little changed in May 2012.

In May, job openings increased for manufacturing, government, and state and local government. The number of openings also increased for the Midwest region. The level of total nonfarm job openings in May was up from 2.4 million at the end of the recession in June 2009.

Hires and separations rates, seasonally adjusted, April 2002-May 2012
DateHiresSeparations

Apr 2002

3.83.9

May 2002

3.83.8

Jun 2002

3.73.7

Jul 2002

3.94.0

Aug 2002

3.73.7

Sep 2002

3.73.8

Oct 2002

3.73.6

Nov 2002

3.83.7

Dec 2002

3.83.9

Jan 2003

3.83.7

Feb 2003

3.63.7

Mar 2003

3.43.6

Apr 2003

3.53.6

May 2003

3.53.6

Jun 2003

3.63.7

Jul 2003

3.63.6

Aug 2003

3.63.6

Sep 2003

3.73.6

Oct 2003

3.83.6

Nov 2003

3.63.5

Dec 2003

3.83.7

Jan 2004

3.73.6

Feb 2004

3.63.6

Mar 2004

3.93.8

Apr 2004

3.93.7

May 2004

3.83.5

Jun 2004

3.83.7

Jul 2004

3.73.7

Aug 2004

3.93.8

Sep 2004

3.83.7

Oct 2004

3.93.6

Nov 2004

3.93.9

Dec 2004

3.93.8

Jan 2005

3.93.8

Feb 2005

3.93.7

Mar 2005

3.93.9

Apr 2005

4.03.7

May 2005

4.03.9

Jun 2005

4.03.8

Jul 2005

4.03.7

Aug 2005

4.13.9

Sep 2005

4.14.0

Oct 2005

3.73.7

Nov 2005

3.93.7

Dec 2005

3.83.8

Jan 2006

3.83.7

Feb 2006

4.03.8

Mar 2006

4.03.8

Apr 2006

3.83.6

May 2006

4.14.0

Jun 2006

3.93.8

Jul 2006

4.03.8

Aug 2006

3.83.7

Sep 2006

3.83.7

Oct 2006

3.83.8

Nov 2006

4.13.9

Dec 2006

3.83.8

Jan 2007

3.93.7

Feb 2007

3.83.7

Mar 2007

3.93.7

Apr 2007

3.83.7

May 2007

3.93.7

Jun 2007

3.83.7

Jul 2007

3.73.7

Aug 2007

3.73.7

Sep 2007

3.73.7

Oct 2007

3.83.7

Nov 2007

3.73.7

Dec 2007

3.63.6

Jan 2008

3.63.6

Feb 2008

3.63.6

Mar 2008

3.53.5

Apr 2008

3.63.7

May 2008

3.43.5

Jun 2008

3.53.6

Jul 2008

3.33.4

Aug 2008

3.43.6

Sep 2008

3.23.5

Oct 2008

3.33.6

Nov 2008

2.93.5

Dec 2008

3.13.6

Jan 2009

3.13.7

Feb 2009

3.03.6

Mar 2009

2.93.5

Apr 2009

3.03.6

May 2009

2.93.2

Jun 2009

2.83.2

Jul 2009

2.93.2

Aug 2009

2.93.1

Sep 2009

3.03.1

Oct 2009

2.93.0

Nov 2009

3.13.0

Dec 2009

3.03.0

Jan 2010

3.03.0

Feb 2010

3.03.0

Mar 2010

3.33.1

Apr 2010

3.23.0

May 2010

3.43.0

Jun 2010

3.13.3

Jul 2010

3.13.2

Aug 2010

3.03.1

Sep 2010

3.03.0

Oct 2010

3.12.9

Nov 2010

3.13.0

Dec 2010

3.13.1

Jan 2011

3.02.9

Feb 2011

3.13.0

Mar 2011

3.33.0

Apr 2011

3.12.9

May 2011

3.23.2

Jun 2011

3.23.1

Jul 2011

3.13.1

Aug 2011

3.23.1

Sep 2011

3.23.1

Oct 2011

3.23.1

Nov 2011

3.23.1

Dec 2011

3.23.0

Jan 2012

3.23.0

Feb 2012

3.33.1

Mar 2012

3.33.1

Apr 2012

3.23.1

May 2012

3.33.3
Hires and separations rates, seasonally adjusted, April 2002–May 2012
DateHiresSeparations

Apr 2002

3.83.9

May 2002

3.83.8

Jun 2002

3.73.7

Jul 2002

3.94.0

Aug 2002

3.73.7

Sep 2002

3.73.8

Oct 2002

3.73.6

Nov 2002

3.83.7

Dec 2002

3.83.9

Jan 2003

3.83.7

Feb 2003

3.63.7

Mar 2003

3.43.6

Apr 2003

3.53.6

May 2003

3.53.6

Jun 2003

3.63.7

Jul 2003

3.63.6

Aug 2003

3.63.6

Sep 2003

3.73.6

Oct 2003

3.83.6

Nov 2003

3.63.5

Dec 2003

3.83.7

Jan 2004

3.73.6

Feb 2004

3.63.6

Mar 2004

3.93.8

Apr 2004

3.93.7

May 2004

3.83.5

Jun 2004

3.83.7

Jul 2004

3.73.7

Aug 2004

3.93.8

Sep 2004

3.83.7

Oct 2004

3.93.6

Nov 2004

3.93.9

Dec 2004

3.93.8

Jan 2005

3.93.8

Feb 2005

3.93.7

Mar 2005

3.93.9

Apr 2005

4.03.7

May 2005

4.03.9

Jun 2005

4.03.8

Jul 2005

4.03.7

Aug 2005

4.13.9

Sep 2005

4.14.0

Oct 2005

3.73.7

Nov 2005

3.93.7

Dec 2005

3.83.8

Jan 2006

3.83.7

Feb 2006

4.03.8

Mar 2006

4.03.8

Apr 2006

3.83.6

May 2006

4.14.0

Jun 2006

3.93.8

Jul 2006

4.03.8

Aug 2006

3.83.7

Sep 2006

3.83.7

Oct 2006

3.83.8

Nov 2006

4.13.9

Dec 2006

3.83.8

Jan 2007

3.93.7

Feb 2007

3.83.7

Mar 2007

3.93.7

Apr 2007

3.83.7

May 2007

3.93.7

Jun 2007

3.83.7

Jul 2007

3.73.7

Aug 2007

3.73.7

Sep 2007

3.73.7

Oct 2007

3.83.7

Nov 2007

3.73.7

Dec 2007

3.63.6

Jan 2008

3.63.6

Feb 2008

3.63.6

Mar 2008

3.53.5

Apr 2008

3.63.7

May 2008

3.43.5

Jun 2008

3.53.6

Jul 2008

3.33.4

Aug 2008

3.43.6

Sep 2008

3.23.5

Oct 2008

3.33.6

Nov 2008

2.93.5

Dec 2008

3.13.6

Jan 2009

3.13.7

Feb 2009

3.03.6

Mar 2009

2.93.5

Apr 2009

3.03.6

May 2009

2.93.2

Jun 2009

2.83.2

Jul 2009

2.93.2

Aug 2009

2.93.1

Sep 2009

3.03.1

Oct 2009

2.93.0

Nov 2009

3.13.0

Dec 2009

3.03.0

Jan 2010

3.03.0

Feb 2010

3.03.0

Mar 2010

3.33.1

Apr 2010

3.23.0

May 2010

3.43.0

Jun 2010

3.13.3

Jul 2010

3.13.2

Aug 2010

3.03.1

Sep 2010

3.03.0

Oct 2010

3.12.9

Nov 2010

3.13.0

Dec 2010

3.13.1

Jan 2011

3.02.9

Feb 2011

3.13.0

Mar 2011

3.33.0

Apr 2011

3.12.9

May 2011

3.23.2

Jun 2011

3.23.1

Jul 2011

3.13.1

Aug 2011

3.23.1

Sep 2011

3.23.1

Oct 2011

3.23.1

Nov 2011

3.23.1

Dec 2011

3.23.0

Jan 2012

3.23.0

Feb 2012

3.33.1

Mar 2012

3.33.1

Apr 2012

3.23.1

May 2012

(p)3.3(p)3.3

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary
 

These data are featured in the TED article, Job openings little changed in May 2012.

In May, the hires rate was essentially unchanged at 3.3 percent for total nonfarm. The hires rate was little changed in all industries and regions. The number of hires in May was 4.4 million, up from 3.7 million at the end of the recession in June 2009.

The seasonally adjusted total separations rate was essentially unchanged for total nonfarm, total private, and government in May.

The total separations figure includes quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations. Total separations is also referred to as turnover. Quits are generally voluntary separations initiated by the employee. Therefore, the quits rate can serve as a measure of workers’ willingness or ability to leave jobs.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — May 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-1379.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Job openings little changed in May 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120711.htm (visited April 23, 2014).

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