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State Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Thursday, November 17, 2022	USDL-22-2179
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			STATE JOB OPENINGS AND LABOR TURNOVER  SEPTEMBER 2022

Job openings rates increased in 8 states on the last business day of September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor 
Statistics reported today. Hires rates decreased in 9 states and increased in 2 states. Total separations 
rates decreased in 16 states and increased in 2 states. Nationally, the job openings and hires rates were 
little changed in September, while the total separations rate decreased.  

This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, total separations, quits, and 
layoffs and discharges for the total nonfarm sector and for all states and the District of Columbia. 

Job Openings

In September, job openings rates increased in 8 states and were little changed in 42 states and the 
District of Columbia. The largest increases in job openings rates occurred in Michigan and New 
Hampshire (+1.1 percentage points each), as well as in Alaska and Missouri (+1.0 point each). Over the 
month, the national job openings rate was little changed. (See table A.)

The number of job openings increased in 10 states, decreased in 1 state, and was little changed in 39 
states and the District of Columbia in September. The largest increases in the job openings level 
occurred in Texas (+96,000), Michigan (+58,000), and Virginia (+40,000). The decrease in the job 
openings level occurred in West Virginia (-5,000). Nationally, the number of job openings increased 
over the month (+437,000). (See table A.)

Hires

In September, hires rates decreased in 9 states, increased in 2 states, and were little changed in 39 states 
and the District of Columbia. The largest decreases in hires rates occurred in Iowa (-1.1 percentage 
points), Ohio (-0.9 point), and North Dakota (-0.8 point). The increases occurred in New Hampshire 
(+1.0 point) and Arizona (+0.8 point). The national hires rate was little changed over the month. (See 
table B.)

The number of hires decreased in 8 states, increased in 2 states, and was little changed in 40 states and 
the District of Columbia in September. The largest decreases in the hires level occurred in California 
(-91,000), Texas (-57,000), and Ohio (-47,000). The increases occurred in Arizona (+25,000) and New 
Hampshire (+7,000). Nationally, the number of hires edged down over the month. (See table B.)

Total Separations

In September, total separations rates decreased in 16 states, increased in 2 states, and were little 
changed in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The largest decreases in total separations rates 
occurred in Wyoming (-4.6 percentage points), Vermont (-1.6 points), and Alaska (-1.5 points). 
Increases occurred in Illinois (+1.0 point) and Kansas (+0.7 point). The national total separations rate 
decreased over the month (-0.3 point). (See table C.)

In September, the number of total separations decreased in 16 states, increased in 2 states, and was 
little changed in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The largest decreases in the total separations 
level occurred in Texas (-98,000), Florida (-69,000), and Georgia (-64,000). The increases in the total 
separations level occurred in Illinois (+62,000) and Kansas (+10,000). Nationally, the number of total 
separations decreased in September (-370,000). (See table C.)
 
Quits

In September, quits rates decreased in 8 states, increased in 3 states, and were little changed in 39 states 
and the District of Columbia. The largest decreases in quits rates occurred in Wyoming (-1.5 percentage 
points), Vermont (-1.0 point), and Texas (-0.8 point). The increases in quits rates occurred in Illinois 
(+0.8 point), Kansas (+0.7 point), and Michigan (+0.5 point). Over the month, the national quits rate was 
unchanged. (See table D.)

The number of quits decreased in 11 states, increased in 3 states, and was little changed in 36 states and 
the District of Columbia in September. The largest decreases in the quits level occurred in Texas		 
(-111,000) and Florida (-28,000), as well as in Georgia and Pennsylvania (-19,000 each). The increases 
in the quits level occurred in Illinois (+50,000), Michigan (+21,000), and Kansas (+9,000). Nationally, 
the number of quits was little changed over the month. (See table D.)
 
Layoffs and Discharges

In September, layoffs and discharges rates decreased in 9 states, increased in 2 states, and were little 
changed in 39 states and the District of Columbia. The largest decreases in layoffs and discharges rates 
occurred in Wyoming (-2.5 percentage points) and in Alaska and Georgia (-1.0 point each). The 
increases in layoffs and discharges rates occurred in Ohio (+0.4 point) and in Illinois (+0.2 point). The 
national layoffs and discharges rate was little changed. (See table E.)

The number of layoffs and discharges decreased in 8 states, increased in 1 state, and was little changed 
in 41 states and the District of Columbia in September. The largest decreases in the layoffs and 
discharges level occurred in Georgia (-45,000), Wisconsin (-10,000), and Oregon (-8,000). The increase 
in the layoffs and discharges level occurred in Ohio (+22,000). Nationally, the number of layoffs and 
discharges edged down over the month. (See table E.)

For more information, please see the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) interactive 
charts at www.bls.gov/charts/state-job-openings-and-labor-turnover/state-job-openings-rates.htm#.  
	
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey State estimates for October 2022 are scheduled to 
be released on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


Table A: States with significant changes in job openings from Aug 2022 to Sep 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)        |                  Rates                          
                       |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Aug   |   Sep  | Over-the-month |   Aug  |   Sep  | Over-the-month
                       |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)   |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)  
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Total U.S..............|10,280  |10,717  |      437       |   6.3  |   6.5  |      0.2        
Alaska.................|    38  |    42  |        4       |  10.7  |  11.7  |      1.0
Massachusetts..........|   269  |   289  |       20       |   6.8  |   7.3  |      0.5
Michigan...............|   276  |   334  |       58       |   6.0  |   7.1  |      1.1
Mississippi............|    82  |    90  |        8       |   6.6  |   7.2  |      0.6
Missouri...............|   173  |   206  |       33       |   5.6  |   6.6  |      1.0
New Hampshire..........|    46  |    55  |        9       |   6.3  |   7.4  |      1.1
New Mexico.............|    57  |    63  |        6       |   6.3  |   6.9  |      0.6*
Texas..................|   930  |  1026  |       96       |   6.4  |   7.0  |      0.6
Virginia...............|   317  |   357  |       40       |   7.2  |   8.0  |      0.8
West Virginia..........|    60  |    55  |       -5       |   7.8  |   7.2  |     -0.6*
Wisconsin..............|   194  |   210  |       16       |   6.2  |   6.6  |      0.4*
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant.
   

Table B: States with significant changes in hires from Aug 2022 to Sep 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)        |                  Rates                          
                       |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Aug   |   Sep  | Over-the-month |   Aug  |   Sep  | Over-the-month
                       |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)   |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)  
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Total U.S..............| 6,334  | 6,082  |     -252       |   4.1  |   4.0  |     -0.1        
Arizona................|   116  |   141  |       25       |   3.8  |   4.6  |      0.8
California.............|   639  |   548  |      -91       |   3.6  |   3.1  |     -0.5
Illinois...............|   272  |   245  |      -27       |   4.5  |   4.0  |     -0.5
Iowa...................|    70  |    52  |      -18       |   4.4  |   3.3  |     -1.1
Maryland...............|   127  |   106  |      -21       |   4.6  |   3.9  |     -0.7
Mississippi............|    58  |    50  |       -8       |   5.0  |   4.3  |     -0.7
Missouri...............|   123  |   104  |      -19       |   4.2  |   3.6  |     -0.6
New Hampshire..........|    25  |    32  |        7       |   3.7  |   4.7  |      1.0
North Dakota...........|    20  |    17  |       -3*      |   4.7  |   3.9  |     -0.8
Ohio...................|   240  |   193  |      -47       |   4.4  |   3.5  |     -0.9
Texas..................|   612  |   555  |      -57       |   4.5  |   4.1  |     -0.4
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant.
   

Table C: States with significant changes in total separations from Aug 2022 to Sep 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)        |                  Rates                          
                       |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Aug   |   Sep  | Over-the-month |   Aug  |   Sep  | Over-the-month
                       |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)   |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)  
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Total U.S..............| 6,058  | 5,688  |     -370       |   4.0  |   3.7  |     -0.3        
Alabama................|    99  |    86  |      -13       |   4.7  |   4.1  |     -0.6
Alaska.................|    21  |    16  |       -5       |   6.6  |   5.1  |     -1.5
Florida................|   437  |   368  |      -69       |   4.6  |   3.9  |     -0.7
Georgia................|   288  |   224  |      -64       |   6.0  |   4.6  |     -1.4
Idaho..................|    42  |    35  |       -7       |   5.1  |   4.2  |     -0.9
Illinois...............|   183  |   245  |       62       |   3.0  |   4.0  |      1.0
Kansas.................|    49  |    59  |       10       |   3.5  |   4.2  |      0.7
Maine..................|    26  |    21  |       -5       |   4.1  |   3.3  |     -0.8*
Montana................|    30  |    23  |       -7       |   5.9  |   4.5  |     -1.4
New Hampshire..........|    34  |    27  |       -7       |   5.0  |   3.9  |     -1.1
New Jersey.............|   147  |   127  |      -20       |   3.5  |   3.0  |     -0.5
North Carolina.........|   220  |   198  |      -22*      |   4.6  |   4.1  |     -0.5
Oregon.................|    91  |    74  |      -17       |   4.6  |   3.7  |     -0.9
Pennsylvania...........|   201  |   171  |      -30       |   3.4  |   2.9  |     -0.5
Texas..................|   602  |   504  |      -98       |   4.4  |   3.7  |     -0.7
Utah...................|    84  |    66  |      -18       |   5.0  |   3.9  |     -1.1
Vermont................|    17  |    12  |       -5       |   5.6  |   4.0  |     -1.6
Wisconsin..............|   114  |    98  |      -16       |   3.9  |   3.3  |     -0.6
Wyoming................|    23  |    10  |      -13       |   8.1  |   3.5  |     -4.6
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant.   
   

Table D: States with significant changes in quits from Aug 2022 to Sep 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)        |                  Rates                          
                       |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Aug   |   Sep  | Over-the-month |   Aug  |   Sep  | Over-the-month
                       |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)   |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)  
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Total U.S..............| 4,184  | 4,061  |     -123       |   2.7  |   2.7  |      0.0        
Alabama................|    73  |    64  |       -9       |   3.5  |   3.1  |     -0.4*
Alaska.................|    14  |    12  |       -2       |   4.4  |   3.8  |     -0.6
Florida................|   295  |   267  |      -28       |   3.1  |   2.8  |     -0.3
Georgia................|   191  |   172  |      -19       |   4.0  |   3.6  |     -0.4
Illinois...............|   120  |   170  |       50       |   2.0  |   2.8  |      0.8
Kansas.................|    34  |    43  |        9       |   2.4  |   3.1  |      0.7
Massachusetts..........|    87  |    76  |      -11       |   2.4  |   2.1  |     -0.3*
Michigan...............|    91  |   112  |       21       |   2.1  |   2.6  |      0.5
New Jersey.............|   102  |    88  |      -14       |   2.4  |   2.1  |     -0.3*
Pennsylvania...........|   144  |   125  |      -19       |   2.4  |   2.1  |     -0.3
Texas..................|   479  |   368  |     -111       |   3.5  |   2.7  |     -0.8
Utah...................|    60  |    49  |      -11       |   3.6  |   2.9  |     -0.7
Vermont................|    12  |     9  |       -3       |   4.0  |   3.0  |     -1.0
Wyoming................|    11  |     7  |       -4       |   3.9  |   2.4  |     -1.5
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant.
   

Table E: States with significant changes in layoffs and discharges from Aug 2022 to Sep 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)        |                  Rates                          
                       |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Aug   |   Sep  | Over-the-month |   Aug  |   Sep  | Over-the-month
                       |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)   |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)  
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Total U.S..............| 1,490  | 1,328  |     -162       |   1.0  |   0.9  |     -0.1        
Alaska.................|     6  |     3  |       -3       |   1.9  |   0.9  |     -1.0
Florida................|   100  |    83  |      -17*      |   1.1  |   0.9  |     -0.2
Georgia................|    86  |    41  |      -45       |   1.8  |   0.8  |     -1.0
Idaho..................|    12  |     7  |       -5       |   1.5  |   0.8  |     -0.7
Illinois...............|    52  |    65  |       13*      |   0.9  |   1.1  |      0.2
Montana................|     8  |     5  |       -3       |   1.6  |   1.0  |     -0.6
Ohio...................|    59  |    81  |       22       |   1.1  |   1.5  |      0.4
Oregon.................|    22  |    14  |       -8       |   1.1  |   0.7  |     -0.4
Vermont................|     4  |     2  |       -2       |   1.3  |   0.7  |     -0.6
Wisconsin..............|    30  |    20  |      -10       |   1.0  |   0.7  |     -0.3
Wyoming................|    10  |     3  |       -7       |   3.5  |   1.0  |     -2.5
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant.
Last Modified Date: November 17, 2022