Job openings rates, by industry, April 2011

June 09, 2011

The overall job openings rate for all industries was 2.2 percent in April, essentially unchanged from the previous month.

Job openings rate, selected industries, seasonally adjusted, April 2011
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The job openings rate varied by industry. In government the job openings rate was 1.4 percent in April; in construction, 1.7 percent. In contrast, the job openings rate was 2.7 percent in education and health services, and 3.0 percent in professional and business services, all seasonally adjusted.

The total number of job openings, for all industries, was 3.0 million in April, little changed from 3.1 million in March. After increasing in February, job openings have been flat. Job openings have been around 3.0 million for three consecutive months; the last 3-month period with levels this high was September–November 2008.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. These data are all seasonally adjusted and are preliminary. See "Job Openings and Labor Turnover – April 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0848, for more information. The job openings rate is computed by dividing the number of job openings by the sum of employment and job openings and multiplying that quotient by 100.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings rates, by industry, April 2011 on the Internet at (visited September 27, 2016).


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