Job openings and hires rates by industry, March 2017

May 15, 2017

The March 2017 job openings rate for total nonfarm was 3.8 percent, and the hires rate was 3.6 percent. Job openings rates in finance and insurance; professional and business services; health care and social assistance; and accommodation and food services were higher than the overall rate.  Rates were lower in mining and logging; construction; durable and nondurable goods manufacturing; wholesale and retail trade; transportation, warehousing, and utilities; information; real estate and rental leasing; educational services; arts, entertainment, and recreation; and federal, and state and local government. 

Job openings rate, hires rate, and employment by industry, seasonally adjusted, March 2017
Industry Job openings rate(p) Hires rate(p) Employment(p)

Mining and logging

1.7% 4.4% 694,000

Construction

2.4 5.4 6,872,000

Durable goods manufacturing

2.9 2.2 7,730,000

Nondurable goods manufacturing

3.4 3.2 4,660,000

Wholesale trade

3.0 2.2 5,906,700

Retail trade

3.5 4.6 15,860,200

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities

3.1 3.5 5,604,500

Information

2.8 2.8 2,742,000

Finance and insurance

4.1 2.2 6,217,800

Real estate and rental leasing

3.1 3.5 2,185,300

Professional and business services

5.1 4.8 20,567,000

Educational services

2.2 2.6 3,622,000

Health care and social assistance

5.2 3.1 19,344,400

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

3.5 5.6 2,235,300

Accommodation and food services

4.6 6.4 13,565,700

Other services

5.1 3.4 5,723,000

Federal government

2.9 1.2 2,812,000

State and local government

2.3 1.5 19,511,000

Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

Hires rates were higher than the total nonfarm rate in mining and logging; construction; retail trade; professional and business services; arts, entertainment, and recreation; and accommodation and food services. Hires rates were lower in durable and nondurable goods manufacturing; wholesale and retail trade; transportation, warehousing, and utilities; information; finance and insurance; real estate and rental leasing; educational services; other services; and federal and state and local government.

Industries with high job openings rates and high hires rates need more workers, and hiring is strong. In March 2017, industries in this category included professional and business services and accommodation and food services.

Industries with low job openings rates and low hires rates have few job openings and are hiring few workers. In March 2017, industries in this group included federal and state and local government, educational services, and information.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data are preliminary. To learn more, see “Job Openings and Labor Turnover — March 2017” (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations can be found in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: March 2017 (PDF). Also see charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings and hires rates by industry, March 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/job-openings-and-hires-rates-by-industry-march-2017.htm (visited May 28, 2017).

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