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


  • Errors in JOLTS Federal government estimates
    BLS identified errors in the JOLTS Federal government hires, total separations, and layoffs and discharges estimates from January 2011-June 2018. On June 12, 2018, BLS suppressed these data from the LABSTAT database. For more information on this error and correction plans, please visit:

  • JOLTS Data by Firm Size
    JOLTS staff have produced a research series of size class estimates based on firm size for December 2000 through December 2016. These firm size data are a new and different product than the JOLTS establishment size data that have been produced since 2010. As with the establishment size class data, the firm size class data cover only the private sector. The experimental firm size class estimates and information regarding the methodology are available on the JOLTS firm size class page.

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  • Job Openings and Labor Turnover data for July 2018 are scheduled to be released September 11, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

JOLTS News Releases

Job openings (6.7 million), hires, and separations little changed in June


Job openings were little changed at 6.7 million on the last business day of June. Over the month, hires and separations were little changed at 5.7 million and 5.5 million, respectively.
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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 to the JOLTS Data
    With the release of January 2018 data on March 16, 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 2013 through 2017 can be found using this link:

  • Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and August 2017 JOLTS data

  • JOLTS Data by Establishment Size

    JOLTS staff are conducting research on the development of data by size class, and have produced a research series of size class estimates stretching back to December of 2000, when the JOLTS series began. These experimental size class estimates are now available upon request. These data are based on size of establishment and cover only the total private sector. This experimental series will be updated periodically, as resources permit. To obtain these data, please contact us by e-mail or (202) 691-5870. For information regarding the methodology used to develop the size class data please view our size class methodology.

  • August 2011 estimates of hires, separations, and job openings originally published on October 12, 2011, had not been adjusted to account for a strike in the information industry. With the September release, August estimates reflect both regular revisions and corrections. For further assistance, see

  • 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.