Leisure and hospitality industry leads in job openings rates

July 13, 2017

In May 2017, the job openings rate for total private was 4.0 percent (5.1 million), while the rate for hires was 4.2 percent (5.1 million) and the rate for total separations was 4.0 percent (4.9 million). The leisure and hospitality industry had the highest job openings rate in May, at 4.9 percent, followed by professional and business services at 4.8 percent.

Job openings, hires, and total separations rates by industry, May 2017, seasonally adjusted
Industry Job openings Hires Total separations

Total private

4.0 4.2 4.0

Leisure and hospitality

4.9 6.0 6.0

Professional and business services

4.8 5.5 5.3

Other services

4.7 5.1 3.8

Education and health services

4.5 2.9 2.7

Financial activities

3.8 2.6 2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

3.4 3.8 3.8

Information

3.3 2.7 2.9

Manufacturing

2.7 2.7 2.6

Construction

2.2 5.5 5.2

Mining and logging

1.7 5.2 3.8

In May, the leisure and hospitality industry also led in both its hires rate and total separations rates (6.0 percent each). The professional and business services industry had a hires rate of 5.5 percent and a total separations rate of 5.3 percent. The construction industry had a job openings rate of 2.2 percent, a hires rate of 5.5 percent, and a total separations rate of 5.2 percent.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — May 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: May 2017 (PDF). Also see charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Leisure and hospitality industry leads in job openings rates on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/leisure-and-hospitality-industry-leads-in-job-openings-rates.htm (visited November 19, 2017).

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