JOLTS State Estimates: Frequently Asked Questions
At what geographic and industry levels are JOLTS state estimates produced?
- Where can I review the methodology used in the production of this series?
How frequently are the JOLTS state estimates released?
- JOLTS state estimates are not produced at the industry level – these estimates are only at the total nonfarm level.
Are state annual estimates available?
- JOLTS state estimates are released monthly, approximately two weeks following the JOLTS national release.
Are other separations available for these data series?
- Yes. As of June 29, 2022, JOLTS state annual estimates for hires, total separations, quits, and layoffs
and discharges are available. State annual estimates are also included in the JOLTS database. Moving forward JOLTS will release
state annual data in June.
Are JOLTS state sample sizes available currently?
- While other separations are part of the three components of total separations (quits, layoffs & discharges, and other separations), other separations
are not published. This component has a large amount of volatility compared to the other total separations components and represents a small portion of
total separations (less than 6 percent).
Are JOLTS state seasonally adjusted estimates available?
- JOLTS state sample-based and model-based components are available. The JOLTS state estimates Sample Allocation table provides a snapshot of the sample size allocation
used to produce the state estimates. The JOLTS state model incorporates JOLTS sample data, JOLTS regional-level estimates, Current Employment
Statistics state estimates, and Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages establishment counts.
Are error measures available for JOLTS state estimates?
Are JOLTS monthly implied employment changes, defined as hires – total separations, comparable to CES state over-the-month employment changes?
- Yes. As of October 2021, state seasonally adjusted estimates are published monthly in the State Job Openings and Labor Turnover release. Historical seasonally
adjusted estimates are available back to December 2000 and included in the JOLTS LABSTAT database. More information is available in the Seasonal Adjustment section of the JOLTS State Estimates Methodology page.
Are data available for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), counties, or cities?
- Unlike the JOLTS national estimates which are aligned to CES employment data to ensure tracking
of the JOLTS implied employment (Hires – Total Separations) with the Current Employment Statistics (CES) employment trend for the not seasonally adjusted data,
JOLTS state estimates are not aligned with CES State and Area employment estimates. The model used to produce state data was not designed for individual states to align to
CES state employment. However, the state estimates in aggregate are aligned with CES state employment. More information on JOLTS state estimates is available on the Background and Methodology pages.
- JOLTS released historical one-time MSA research estimates for the 18 largest MSAs from February 2001 through December 2019 on June 16, 2020.
JOLTS does not produce county or city level data. Please see the JOLTS Metropolitan Statistical Area Research Estimates page for more information.
Last Modified Date: June 29, 2022