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The Editor's Desk article published August 14, 2014, originally used seasonally adjusted data. It is customary for the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey program to use not seasonally adjusted data for year-to-year comparisons. This TED and chart have been revised to reflect this. For more information about seasonal adjustment, see "What is seasonal adjustment."

4.7 million job openings in June 2014

August 14, 2014

There were 4.7 million job openings, not seasonally adjusted, in June 2014, up from 4.0 million a year earlier. Leading in job openings, the professional and business services industry had 921,000 job openings in June, up from 654,000 a year prior. The education and health services industry had the second highest number of job openings in June, at 778,000, up by 131,000 over the year.

Job openings Hires Total separations  
Job openings in June by industry, not seasonally adjusted, 2004–2014
IndustryJune 2004June 2005June 2006June 2007June 2008June 2009June 2010June 2011June 2012June 2013June 2014 (p)

Construction

118,000148,000227,000181,000135,00053,00078,00064,00085,000136,000141,000

Manufacturing

268,000287,000365,000362,000246,000101,000208,000223,000318,000206,000312,000

Government

363,000386,000473,000469,000432,000339,000338,000377,000405,000440,000509,000

Leisure and hospitality

426,000476,000507,000605,000451,000293,000311,000389,000480,000515,000712,000

Trade, transportation, and utilities

587,000638,000670,000797,000537,000415,000442,000533,000589,000772,000752,000

Education and health services

504,000639,000691,000782,000707,000499,000462,000563,000704,000647,000778,000

Professional and business services

648,000842,000676,000758,000687,000344,000477,000606,000711,000654,000921,000
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

 

Hires in June by industry, not seasonally adjusted, 2004–2014
IndustryJune 2004June 2005June 2006June 2007June 2008June 2009June 2010June 2011June 2012June 2013June 2014 (p)

Manufacturing

418,000403,000468,000440,000354,000237,000293,000289,000315,000275,000307,000

Construction

602,000585,000506,000534,000485,000319,000351,000469,000436,000406,000328,000

Government

389,000393,000478,000483,000404,000339,000382,000375,000406,000389,000392,000

Education and health services

490,000577,000567,000633,000605,000592,000594,000599,000597,000544,000605,000

Leisure and hospitality

1,028,0001,129,0001,096,0001,138,000974,000782,000809,000905,000893,000984,0001,083,000

Professional and business services

971,0001,154,0001,013,000948,000994,000662,000890,000910,000966,0001,029,0001,123,000

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,091,0001,183,0001,242,0001,117,0001,067,000739,000850,000872,000875,000857,0001,128,000
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

 

Total separations in June by industry, not seasonally adjusted, 2004–2014
IndustryJune 2004June 2005June 2006June 2007June 2008June 2009June 2010June 2011June 2012June 2013June 2014 (p)

Construction

427,000387,000372,000363,000393,000301,000257,000326,000301,000276,000234,000

Manufacturing

364,000361,000373,000378,000356,000328,000229,000233,000256,000238,000241,000

Government

470,000490,000561,000519,000420,000435,000720,000404,000459,000493,000419,000

Education and health services

479,000517,000579,000589,000555,000562,000573,000574,000625,000564,000582,000

Leisure and hospitality

807,000873,000892,000931,000817,000660,000611,000670,000701,000726,000820,000

Trade, transportation, and utilities

927,0001,014,0001,091,0001,007,0001,036,000739,000773,000765,000841,000771,000989,000

Professional and business services

878,000964,000835,000817,000884,000678,000731,000818,000837,000894,000994,000
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

Trade, transportation, and utilities had the highest number of hires in June 2014 at 1,128,000, up from 857,000 a year earlier. This industry had the second highest number of total separations, at 989,000, up from 771,000 in June 2013.

The number of job openings in manufacturing reached a June low in 2009, at 101,000; it was up to 312,000 in June 2014. This was up from 206,000 a year prior, but down from 318,000 in June 2012. Total separations in manufacturing have been at or near 233,000 in four of the past five Junes; in June 2012 the number of separations in manufacturing was 256,000, and in June 2014 there were 241,000 separations in manufacturing.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, and are not seasonally adjusted. For additional information, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover ‑ June 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-1497. Charts depicting job openings, hires, and employment separations data can be found in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: June 2014 (PDF). Note that data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 4.7 million job openings in June 2014 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140814.htm (visited November 21, 2014).

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