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Job openings and labor turnover, January 2015

March 12, 2015

There were 5.0 million job openings on the last business day of January, little changed from 4.9 million in December. Hires decreased to 5.0 million in January and separations changed little at 4.8 million.

Job openings, hires, and total separations levels by industry, January 2015, seasonally adjusted
Industry Job openings Hires Total separations

Total

4,998,000 4,996,000 4,495,000

Government

475,000 310,000 327,000

Construction

120,000 364,000 332,000

Manufacturing

330,000 262,000 252,000

Trade, transportation, and utilities

876,000 1,087,000 1,074,000

Professional and business services

927,000 1,022,000 984,000

Education and health services

889,000 559,000 529,000

Leisure and hospitality

755,000 881,000 845,000

Among the major industries in January 2015, trade, transportation, and utilities had the most hires (1.1 million) and separations (1.1 million). The industry had 876,000 job openings in January.

In January, professional and business services had the most job openings at 927,000. The industry had about 1 million hires and 1 million separations during the month.

Job openings, hires, and total separations rates by industry, January 2015, seasonally adjusted
Industry Job openings Hires Total separations

Total

3.4 3.5 3.4

Government

2.1 1.4 1.5

Construction

1.9 5.8 5.3

Manufacturing

2.6 2.1 2.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

3.2 4.1 4.0

Professional and business services

4.5 5.2 5.0

Education and health services

3.9 2.6 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

4.8 5.9 5.6

Among the major industries in January 2015, leisure and hospitality had the highest separations rate (5.6 percent), hires rate (5.9 percent), and job openings rate (4.8 percent). Construction also had a high hires rate (5.8 percent) and separations rate (5.3 percent), but a lower job openings rate (1.9 percent).

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — January 2015" (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations are in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: January 2015 (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings and labor turnover, January 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/job-openings-and-labor-turnover-january-2015.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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