Job openings in August 2013

October 29, 2013

There were 3.9 million job openings on the last business day of August 2013, little changed from July.

Job openings by industry, July 2013 and August 2013, seasonally adjusted
IndustryJuly 2013August 2013 (p)

Total nonfarm


Total private






Trade, transportation, and utilities


Professional and business services


Education and health services


Leisure and hospitality




(p) Preliminary.


From July 2013 to August 2013, the number of job openings increased significantly in Manufacturing (+38,000) and Education and Health Services (+76,000). Government experienced the only significant over-the-month decrease (-43,000).

The number of job openings in August 2013 (not seasonally adjusted) rose over the year for total nonfarm and total private. Significant over-the-year increases were experienced in Mining and Logging (+2,000), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+132,000), Education and Health Services (+102,000), and Leisure and Hospitality (+105,000).  Information (-59,000) and Government (-50,000) experienced significant decreases.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. For additional information, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — August 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-2040. More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations can be found in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: August 2013 (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings in August 2013 on the Internet at (visited September 24, 2016).


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