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Alaska had highest job openings rate in November 2021

January 27, 2022

Alaska had the highest job openings rate in November 2021, at 8.8 percent, followed by Hawaii (8.3 percent) and New Hampshire (7.9 percent). The national job openings rate fell to 6.6 percent in November 2021, as the rate increased in 3 states, decreased in 16 states, and was little changed in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

 Job openings rate by state, January 2020 to November 2021
State Jan 2020 Feb 2020 Mar 2020 Apr 2020 May 2020 Jun 2020 Jul 2020 Aug 2020 Sep 2020 Oct 2020 Nov 2020 Dec 2020

Alabama

4.5% 4.5% 3.3% 3.4% 4.6% 4.0% 5.0% 5.1% 4.9% 5.1% 4.9% 5.0%

Alaska

6.5 6.5 5.7 4.7 1.7 3.1 6.2 6.7 6.9 6.5 6.7 6.7

Arizona

4.9 5.0 4.2 4.0 4.7 4.6 4.7 5.3 5.1 5.3 4.9 5.4

Arkansas

4.7 4.4 4.1 4.1 3.6 3.5 4.4 4.4 4.5 4.4 4.6 4.6

California

4.4 4.2 3.5 2.9 3.7 3.9 4.5 4.1 4.1 4.2 4.2 4.0

Colorado

4.3 4.2 3.5 3.9 3.9 3.7 4.0 3.9 3.9 4.1 4.1 4.4

Connecticut

3.8 4.0 3.5 3.3 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.5 3.6 4.0 4.0 4.1

Delaware

4.5 4.7 3.9 4.1 4.3 4.9 4.8 5.0 4.9 4.9 4.1 4.1

District of Columbia

3.5 4.1 3.2 3.9 2.6 3.6 4.7 4.1 3.3 3.8 4.1 3.7

Florida

4.6 4.4 4.0 3.3 3.8 4.0 4.4 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.4 4.4

Georgia

4.8 4.6 3.2 3.4 4.9 5.1 5.4 5.6 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.8

Hawaii

4.3 4.1 3.5 3.0 4.5 4.2 4.5 3.7 3.0 5.4 5.5 5.1

Idaho

4.8 4.9 4.5 4.9 4.6 4.1 4.8 4.6 4.4 4.8 5.0 5.1

Illinois

4.1 4.2 3.6 3.0 3.4 4.0 4.4 3.9 4.1 4.3 4.1 4.5

Indiana

4.7 4.5 3.5 3.2 4.3 4.3 4.8 4.4 4.8 4.8 4.9 4.6

Iowa

4.7 4.4 3.3 3.4 3.6 3.9 4.6 4.1 4.4 4.6 4.5 4.5

Kansas

4.5 4.7 3.7 4.1 4.1 4.2 4.7 4.4 4.2 4.6 4.6 4.8

Kentucky

4.7 4.3 4.4 4.2 4.8 5.2 5.2 5.0 4.7 5.0 4.8 4.7

Louisiana

4.3 4.7 3.4 3.4 4.5 4.4 4.8 5.3 4.9 5.5 5.0 4.6

Maine

4.6 4.8 3.8 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.3 4.1 5.4 4.8 4.6 4.6

Maryland

5.6 5.3 4.6 4.0 4.4 5.1 5.8 5.1 5.2 5.4 5.0 4.8

Massachusetts

4.2 4.7 3.6 3.9 3.9 4.5 4.6 4.0 4.1 4.5 4.6 4.2

Michigan

4.7 4.6 3.0 2.8 3.6 5.4 5.6 5.2 4.9 4.7 4.9 5.1

Minnesota

4.3 3.9 3.5 3.3 3.5 3.8 4.6 3.9 3.7 4.2 4.0 3.8

Mississippi

4.3 4.4 3.7 3.3 4.6 4.7 4.9 5.5 5.1 5.1 4.9 5.0

Missouri

4.1 4.1 3.5 3.2 3.6 4.1 4.9 4.1 3.8 4.4 4.5 4.6

Montana

5.4 5.2 4.9 4.3 4.9 4.0 4.9 4.9 5.2 5.2 5.4 5.6

Nebraska

4.6 4.5 3.9 4.1 3.2 4.1 5.0 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.9 4.7

Nevada

4.9 4.1 4.1 3.1 4.5 5.9 6.2 5.2 5.5 5.7 4.8 4.6

New Hampshire

4.7 5.1 4.6 4.5 4.8 5.0 4.9 4.5 4.6 4.9 5.0 5.0

New Jersey

4.4 4.4 3.6 4.0 4.1 5.1 4.9 4.1 4.9 5.3 5.3 5.4

New Mexico

5.4 4.5 4.2 4.5 4.3 4.1 4.4 4.4 5.1 4.9 4.8 4.9

New York

4.2 3.8 3.3 3.0 3.6 4.0 4.6 3.9 3.6 3.7 3.9 3.8

North Carolina

4.8 4.7 3.7 3.5 4.2 4.4 4.8 4.6 4.9 5.3 4.5 5.1

North Dakota

4.8 5.0 4.2 4.0 4.1 4.1 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.4 4.5 4.5

Ohio

4.3 4.4 3.5 3.6 4.3 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.5 4.5

Oklahoma

4.6 4.5 4.3 4.8 4.7 4.4 4.9 4.9 4.3 5.0 4.9 4.8

Oregon

5.2 5.5 4.8 4.1 3.9 4.3 5.0 5.3 5.2 5.0 5.5 4.9

Pennsylvania

4.4 4.1 3.6 4.2 4.3 4.7 4.6 4.3 4.4 4.9 4.6 4.5

Rhode Island

4.5 4.3 3.8 4.1 4.8 6.0 4.5 4.0 4.1 5.3 4.7 4.8

South Carolina

4.7 4.6 4.1 4.5 4.6 4.9 4.8 5.3 5.6 5.6 5.4 5.7

South Dakota

4.9 4.5 3.5 3.9 2.9 3.1 4.6 3.8 4.9 5.1 4.9 5.1

Tennessee

4.2 4.9 4.4 3.7 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.6 4.5

Texas

3.9 4.0 3.2 2.6 3.3 3.6 3.7 4.1 4.8 4.5 4.4 4.3

Utah

4.6 4.7 3.9 4.5 4.3 4.0 4.0 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.5 4.9

Vermont

5.1 4.8 4.0 5.3 5.0 4.5 2.5 4.4 5.3 5.0 4.6 5.0

Virginia

5.1 5.0 4.7 4.2 4.0 4.8 4.9 5.3 4.8 5.1 5.1 5.1

Washington

5.4 4.5 3.5 2.5 3.6 3.8 3.5 3.8 3.7 3.9 4.3 4.3

West Virginia

6.5 5.8 5.2 5.5 5.5 5.8 6.7 6.5 6.3 6.5 6.4 6.4

Wisconsin

5.0 4.7 4.0 3.8 4.2 4.4 5.9 4.2 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.0

Wyoming

5.9 5.6 4.6 4.7 3.0 2.6 4.7 5.0 4.9 5.2 5.2 5.8
 Job openings rate by state, January 2020 to November 2021 (continued)
State Jan 2021 Feb 2021 Mar 2021 Apr 2021 May 2021 Jun 2021 Jul 2021 Aug 2021 Sep 2021 Oct 2021 Nov 2021

Alabama

5.2% 5.5% 5.2% 5.9% 6.4% 6.3% 6.5% 6.7% 6.5% 7.1% 6.6%

Alaska

7.0 7.3 7.8 7.3 5.6 7.1 10.6 8.9 8.9 8.5 8.8

Arizona

5.2 5.7 5.9 6.2 6.9 6.3 6.9 7.5 6.7 7.1 6.8

Arkansas

5.1 5.0 5.9 7.3 5.7 5.9 6.5 7.2 7.0 6.6 6.2

California

4.2 4.3 4.6 5.0 5.4 6.0 6.0 6.3 6.5 6.5 6.2

Colorado

4.9 5.0 5.3 6.8 7.6 7.7 7.7 7.1 6.5 7.2 7.1

Connecticut

4.1 4.6 5.4 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.2 6.0 5.8 6.0 6.5

Delaware

5.1 4.9 5.1 6.7 6.5 7.3 7.2 6.8 6.4 6.4 5.8

District of Columbia

4.1 3.9 3.9 5.1 3.8 5.0 5.8 4.9 4.9 5.0 5.0

Florida

4.6 5.0 4.7 5.2 5.8 6.2 7.5 7.2 6.9 7.4 6.6

Georgia

6.5 5.9 6.1 6.9 7.3 7.4 7.7 8.4 8.3 8.2 7.6

Hawaii

4.7 4.4 4.7 4.6 6.6 6.1 7.3 5.4 4.5 8.4 8.3

Idaho

5.1 5.2 6.6 8.2 6.7 7.1 7.8 7.0 6.4 7.3 7.0

Illinois

4.4 4.2 5.2 5.6 5.4 6.5 6.9 6.3 7.0 6.8 6.1

Indiana

4.7 4.8 5.5 6.5 7.1 7.1 6.9 7.0 7.0 7.4 7.2

Iowa

4.6 4.8 5.3 6.2 5.4 5.6 6.3 6.0 6.8 7.1 6.3

Kansas

4.9 5.2 5.6 6.2 5.5 5.2 5.9 5.6 5.8 6.6 6.4

Kentucky

5.4 5.6 5.7 7.0 7.0 8.9 8.4 8.3 7.2 7.3 6.8

Louisiana

5.3 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.7 6.4 6.7 6.9 7.0 7.8 6.6

Maine

4.6 5.3 6.3 6.7 6.4 6.5 8.3 7.1 7.5 6.4 6.8

Maryland

5.1 5.8 7.1 7.5 6.7 7.0 7.9 7.4 7.3 7.7 6.8

Massachusetts

4.2 4.8 5.9 5.7 6.2 6.1 7.6 7.4 7.4 7.9 7.5

Michigan

5.7 5.8 5.9 7.4 8.7 9.5 8.3 8.0 8.0 8.6 7.2

Minnesota

3.9 4.5 4.4 5.8 5.8 6.0 6.7 6.2 6.3 8.1 6.1

Mississippi

5.3 5.6 6.4 5.8 6.9 6.8 6.9 7.1 6.9 7.1 6.6

Missouri

4.6 4.9 5.4 5.9 5.4 5.6 6.6 6.9 6.7 7.9 7.2

Montana

5.5 5.9 6.8 7.3 7.9 7.1 7.6 7.5 7.3 8.2 7.8

Nebraska

4.8 5.2 5.6 6.5 5.2 5.5 6.5 6.2 6.5 6.8 6.6

Nevada

5.5 5.8 7.1 5.8 8.2 10.6 10.4 8.1 7.5 7.6 7.4

New Hampshire

4.7 6.0 6.7 6.8 7.7 7.9 8.3 7.8 7.5 7.1 7.9

New Jersey

5.1 5.6 7.0 6.3 6.1 6.7 7.5 7.1 6.8 6.9 6.7

New Mexico

5.4 5.5 6.2 6.3 6.0 6.7 7.0 7.3 7.5 7.7 6.8

New York

3.9 4.3 4.4 5.6 5.3 5.7 7.2 5.8 5.8 5.9 6.6

North Carolina

6.2 5.9 6.2 6.4 6.0 7.3 7.2 7.4 6.8 7.0 6.9

North Dakota

4.6 4.8 5.2 6.3 6.5 5.9 6.1 6.5 7.1 7.3 6.9

Ohio

4.6 5.0 5.1 5.4 5.6 5.9 7.1 6.0 6.6 7.3 7.2

Oklahoma

5.2 5.3 6.0 7.2 6.0 6.6 6.2 5.8 6.9 7.0 6.5

Oregon

5.4 5.9 6.4 6.1 6.5 6.9 8.7 7.5 7.0 7.1 6.7

Pennsylvania

4.8 5.1 6.4 6.5 7.4 7.0 7.2 6.9 6.7 6.7 6.5

Rhode Island

4.9 5.3 5.8 6.4 6.9 8.9 7.4 7.2 7.3 7.7 7.3

South Carolina

5.9 5.8 6.1 7.1 7.7 7.1 7.8 7.8 7.8 7.8 7.3

South Dakota

5.3 5.3 5.6 7.4 5.0 5.0 6.4 5.8 7.2 7.8 6.6

Tennessee

4.8 5.0 5.9 6.1 6.2 6.2 6.7 6.8 6.8 7.2 6.9

Texas

4.3 4.7 5.4 5.8 6.2 6.7 6.8 6.5 6.1 6.5 6.4

Utah

4.5 5.1 5.0 7.0 6.1 6.2 7.5 6.9 6.4 7.1 6.7

Vermont

5.0 5.3 6.2 8.2 7.6 7.2 6.5 7.4 7.8 7.5 7.2

Virginia

5.0 5.9 5.4 6.4 6.1 6.5 7.6 7.2 7.9 6.8 7.0

Washington

4.7 4.8 5.2 4.7 5.2 6.3 6.4 5.8 6.1 6.2 6.0

West Virginia

6.9 6.6 6.8 7.1 7.6 8.0 9.1 7.2 8.0 7.6 7.4

Wisconsin

4.2 4.4 5.9 6.9 6.2 6.8 7.4 6.8 7.1 7.0 6.7

Wyoming

5.5 6.2 6.5 6.8 5.2 5.5 8.1 7.8 6.8 7.4 7.1

In November 2021, the increases in job openings rates occurred in New Hampshire (+0.8 percentage point), New York (+0.7 point), and Connecticut (+0.5 point). The largest decreases occurred in Minnesota (−2.0 percentage points), Michigan (−1.4 points), and Louisiana and South Dakota (−1.2 points each). 

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 "State Job Openings and Labor Turnover — November 2021." We also have more charts featuring data on state job openings, hires, and separations.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Alaska had highest job openings rate in November 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/alaska-had-highest-job-openings-rate-in-november-2021.htm (visited August 11, 2022).

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