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Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey
JOLTS JLT Program Links

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program produces data on job openings, hires, and separations.


  • JOLTS COVID-19 Questions and Answers
  • BLS will be implementing a modification to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) alignment procedure in order to more accurately capture changes in separations and hires due to COVID-19. Additional details will be provided with the release of JOLTS estimates for March 2020 on May 15, 2020.
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  • JOLTS experimental state estimates through December 2019.
  • JOLTS establishment size class data through February 2020

Next Release:

  • Job Openings and Labor Turnover data for April 2020 are scheduled to be released June 9, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time.

JOLTS News Releases

Total separations increase to a series high; job openings and hires decrease in March


Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, separations increased to 14.5 million in March; of those, layoffs and discharges were 11.4 million. Job openings and hires fell to 6.2 million and 5.2 million, respectively.
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JOLTS Databases


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JOLTS Publications


  • JOLTS Basic (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview) Form (PDF 24K)
  • JOLTS Temporary Help/Professional Employer Organization Industry (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview) Form (PDF 23K)
  • JOLTS Education Industry (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview) Form (PDF 23K)

JOLTS Frequently Asked Questions


JOLTS Special Notices

  • Revisions and Methodology Change:
    With the release of January 2020 data on March 17, job openings, hires, and separations data have been revised to incorporate annual updates to the Current Employment Statistics employment estimates and the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) seasonal adjustment factors. Tables showing the revisions from 2015 through 2020 can be found using this link:
  • Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and August 2017 JOLTS data

  • With the release of January 2009 data on March 10, 2009, BLS implemented improvements to the methodology used to generate estimates of hires, separations, and job openings from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program. These changes were designed to improve the measurement of hires, separations, and openings and to more closely align the hires and separations estimates with monthly employment change as measured by the BLS Current Employment Statistics (establishment) survey. All JOLTS historical series were revised to incorporate the new methods. For general information about the improvements in our methodology, please see (


Other BLS Programs

  • Business Employment Dynamics—quarterly data series of job gains and job losses statistics, generated from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program.
  • Current Employment Statistics (National)— monthly national data by detailed industry on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on the payrolls of nonfarm establishments.
  • Current Population Survey— monthly data on the labor force, employment, unemployment and persons not in the labor force. It also provides monthly data on job losers and job leavers and biennial data on displaced workers.
  • Mass Layoff Statistics— reports on mass layoff actions that result in workers being separated from their jobs.

Other Useful Links

  • CareerOneStop— a source of helpful job search information.
  • America's Career InfoNet (ACINet)— helps people make more informed career decisions. America's Career InfoNet is ideal for job seekers, employers, human resource specialists and workforce development specialists.


Contact JOLTS

Contact Us

For additional information concerning the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), contact a JOLTS staff member at:

  • Email: Contact JOLTS staff by email
  • Telephone number: (202) 691-5870
  • Fax number: (202) 691-6645
  • Postal address:
    Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics
    Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Suite 4840
    2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC 20212-0001

Survey participants who need assistance in completing their monthly report, call 1-800-341-4620.


Latest Numbers


Latest Job Openings Level:
6,191,000(p) in Mar 2020 Historical Data

Latest Job Openings Rate:
3.9%(p) in Mar 2020 Historical Data

Latest Hires Rate:
3.4%(p) in Mar 2020 Historical Data

Latest Turnover Rate:
9.6%(p) in Mar 2020 Historical Data

Latest Quits Rate:
1.8%(p) in Mar 2020 Historical Data

Latest Layoffs/Discharges Rate:
7.5%(p) in Mar 2020 Historical Data


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