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Job openings and labor turnover in September 2012

November 07, 2012

On a seasonally adjusted basis, there were 3.6 million job openings on the last business day of September—essentially unchanged from August. The number of openings was little changed in all industries except government and professional and business services, where the number decreased.

Total nonfarm job openings, seasonally adjusted, June 2009–September 2012
MonthJob openings level

Jun 2009

2,391,000

Jul 2009

2,186,000

Aug 2009

2,268,000

Sep 2009

2,487,000

Oct 2009

2,400,000

Nov 2009

2,392,000

Dec 2009

2,432,000

Jan 2010

2,728,000

Feb 2010

2,571,000

Mar 2010

2,669,000

Apr 2010

3,167,000

May 2010

2,843,000

Jun 2010

2,666,000

Jul 2010

2,919,000

Aug 2010

2,924,000

Sep 2010

2,772,000

Oct 2010

3,030,000

Nov 2010

3,057,000

Dec 2010

2,902,000

Jan 2011

2,860,000

Feb 2011

3,012,000

Mar 2011

3,189,000

Apr 2011

3,014,000

May 2011

3,077,000

Jun 2011

3,241,000

Jul 2011

3,366,000

Aug 2011

3,152,000

Sep 2011

3,501,000

Oct 2011

3,408,000

Nov 2011

3,274,000

Dec 2011

3,540,000

Jan 2012

3,477,000

Feb 2012

3,565,000

Mar 2012

3,741,000

Apr 2012

3,447,000

May 2012

3,657,000

Jun 2012

3,722,000

Jul 2012

3,593,000

Aug 2012

3,661,000

Sep 2012

3,561,000

The level of total nonfarm job openings in September was up from 2.4 million at the end of the recession in June 2009.

The hires rate (3.1 percent) was little changed in all industries except state and local government, where it declined. The separations rate (3.0 percent) declined.

Over the 12 months ending in September, the hires rate (not seasonally adjusted) was little changed for all industries—total nonfarm, total private, and government.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — September 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2202. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations can be found in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: September 2012 (PDF).


 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Job openings and labor turnover in September 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121107.htm (visited July 31, 2014).

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