Job openings in October 2013

December 13, 2013

From October 2012 to October 2013, the number of job openings increased from 3.6 million to 3.9 million, with increases in several private sector industries and little change in government.
Number of job openings in selected industries, seasonally adjusted, October 2012 and October 2013
IndustryOctober 2012October 2013

Total

3,646,0003,925,000

  Construction

100,000124,000

  Manufacturing

265,000281,000

  Government

350,000373,000

  Leisure and hospitality

438,000559,000

  Education and health services

667,000638,000

  Trade, transportation, and utilities

618,000682,000

  Professional and business services

661,000717,000

Over the 12 months ending in October, the number of hires changed little in the private sector but rose in state and local government. The number of quits over that same 12-month period increased in the private sector and changed little in government. The level of layoffs and discharges declined over the year in the private sector and changed little in government.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. For additional information, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — October 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑2348. More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations can be found in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: October 2013 (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Job openings in October 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20131213.htm (visited April 19, 2014).

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