Number of job openings at new low
May 13, 2009
On the last business day of March, job openings in the U.S. numbered 2.7 million—the lowest job openings level since the BLS began measuring job openings over 8 years ago.
The number of job openings has trended downward since mid-2007, and, at 2.7 million in March, the number of monthly job openings was down 2.1 million (or 44 percent) since the most recent high point in June 2007.
The decline in job openings was due to a significant decline in retail trade, and small declines in nearly every other industry.
These data are from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, and are seasonally adjusted. Data for March 2009 are preliminary and subject to revision. More information can be found in "Job Openings and Labor Turnover: March 2009" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 09-0507.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Number of job openings at new low on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/may/wk2/art03.htm (visited December 11, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
Spending on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Self-employment in the United States
Trends in self-employment by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, including both the unincorporated and the incorporated self-employed, as well as data on paid employees who work for the self-employed.