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Alaska had the highest job openings rate in December 2021

February 25, 2022

Alaska had the highest job openings rate in December 2021, at 9.3 percent, followed by Wyoming (8.9 percent) and Vermont (8.6 percent). The national job openings rate was 6.8 percent in December 2021. The job openings rate is the number of job openings divided by the sum of job openings plus employment.

Job openings rates and levels by state, December 2021
State Rate Number of openings

National

6.8% 10,925,000

Alabama

6.5 144,000

Alaska

9.3 32,000

Arizona

6.8 218,000

Arkansas

6.3 87,000

California

6.6 1,192,000

Colorado

7.6 228,000

Connecticut

6.4 110,000

Delaware

6.2 30,000

District of Columbia

4.9 39,000

Florida

6.8 650,000

Georgia

8.0 403,000

Hawaii

8.5 54,000

Idaho

7.4 63,000

Illinois

6.3 398,000

Indiana

7.6 255,000

Iowa

7.2 120,000

Kansas

6.4 95,000

Kentucky

7.4 151,000

Louisiana

6.8 137,000

Maine

7.5 50,000

Maryland

7.3 214,000

Massachusetts

7.0 269,000

Michigan

7.0 321,000

Minnesota

7.2 223,000

Mississippi

6.8 84,000

Missouri

7.3 225,000

Montana

8.3 44,000

Nebraska

6.7 73,000

Nevada

7.1 105,000

New Hampshire

8.6 63,000

New Jersey

7.1 309,000

New Mexico

6.9 61,000

New York

6.1 588,000

North Carolina

7.6 377,000

North Dakota

7.1 32,000

Ohio

7.0 404,000

Oklahoma

6.7 119,000

Oregon

7.2 148,000

Pennsylvania

7.9 495,000

Rhode Island

7.3 38,000

South Carolina

7.8 182,000

South Dakota

6.9 32,000

Tennessee

6.7 223,000

Texas

6.4 886,000

Utah

7.0 122,000

Vermont

8.6 28,000

Virginia

7.0 298,000

Washington

5.9 219,000

West Virginia

7.3 55,000

Wisconsin

6.6 204,000

Wyoming

8.9 27,000

The number of job openings increased in 9 states and decreased in 6 states in December. The largest increases occurred in Pennsylvania (+73,000), New Jersey (+29,000), and Minnesota (+28,000). The largest decreases in the job openings level occurred in New York (−52,000), Michigan (−24,000), and Ohio (−22,000). Nationally, the number of job openings was little changed.

Alaska also had the highest rate of hires in December 2021 at 5.8 percent, followed by South Carolina (5.3 percent) and Georgia (5.1 percent).  The national hires rate was 4.2 percent for December.  The hires rate is the number of hires during the entire month as a percent of total employment.

Hires rates and levels by state, December 2021
State Rate Number of hires

National

4.2% 6,263,000

Alabama

4.6 94,000

Alaska

5.8 18,000

Arizona

4.5 136,000

Arkansas

5.0 64,000

California

3.7 624,000

Colorado

4.6 128,000

Connecticut

3.8 62,000

Delaware

4.6 21,000

District of Columbia

2.8 21,000

Florida

3.8 341,000

Georgia

5.1 238,000

Hawaii

4.3 25,000

Idaho

4.8 38,000

Illinois

4.2 250,000

Indiana

4.8 149,000

Iowa

4.1 63,000

Kansas

4.0 56,000

Kentucky

5.1 98,000

Louisiana

4.9 91,000

Maine

4.5 28,000

Maryland

3.8 103,000

Massachusetts

3.7 131,000

Michigan

4.8 203,000

Minnesota

3.6 103,000

Mississippi

4.5 52,000

Missouri

3.8 110,000

Montana

5.1 25,000

Nebraska

4.1 42,000

Nevada

4.2 58,000

New Hampshire

4.5 30,000

New Jersey

3.4 139,000

New Mexico

3.9 32,000

New York

3.7 340,000

North Carolina

5.0 227,000

North Dakota

4.8 20,000

Ohio

4.1 219,000

Oklahoma

4.8 80,000

Oregon

4.0 77,000

Pennsylvania

4.1 236,000

Rhode Island

4.7 23,000

South Carolina

5.3 114,000

South Dakota

4.4 19,000

Tennessee

4.6 144,000

Texas

4.9 643,000

Utah

4.2 68,000

Vermont

5.1 15,000

Virginia

4.2 169,000

Washington

3.6 124,000

West Virginia

5.0 35,000

Wisconsin

4.2 122,000

Wyoming

5.1 14,000

Texas had the largest number of hires in the last month of the year with 643,000, followed by California (624,000) and Florida (341,000). 

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 — December 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 the highest job openings rate in December 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/alaska-had-the-highest-job-openings-rate-in-december-2021.htm (visited August 16, 2022).

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