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State Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Tuesday, September 19, 2023	USDL-23-2023
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			STATE JOB OPENINGS AND LABOR TURNOVER  JULY 2023

Job openings rates decreased in 9 states and increased in 3 states on the last business day of July, the 
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Hires rates decreased in 6 states. Total separations rates 
decreased in 4 states and increased in 1 state. Nationally, the job openings, hires, and total separations 
rates showed little change in July. 

This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, total separations, quits, and 
layoffs and discharges for the total nonfarm sector and for all states and the District of Columbia. 

Job Openings

In July, job openings rates decreased in 9 states, increased in 3 states, and were little changed in 38 
states and the District of Columbia. The largest decreases in job openings rates occurred in Louisiana  
(-1.3 percentage points) and in Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia (-0.9 point each). The increases 
occurred in Maine (+0.9 point), New Hampshire (+0.8 point), and New Jersey (+0.5 point). Over the 
month, the national job openings rate was little changed. (See table 1.)

The number of job openings decreased in 13 states, increased in 3 states, and was little changed in 34 
states and the District of Columbia in July. The largest decreases in the job openings level occurred in 
Florida (-66,000), Virginia (-45,000), and Tennessee (-35,000). The increases occurred in New Jersey 
(+25,000), as well as in Maine and New Hampshire (+6,000 each). Nationally, the number of job 
openings edged down over the month. (See table 1.)

Hires

In July, hires rates decreased in 6 states and were little changed in 44 states and the District of 
Columbia. The largest decreases in the hires rates occurred in Alaska (-1.3 percentage points) and 
Louisiana (-0.9 point), as well as in Colorado and North Carolina (-0.8 point each). The national hires 
rate was little changed over the month. (See table 2.)

The number of hires decreased in 7 states and was little changed in 43 states and the District of 
Columbia in July. The largest decreases in the hires level occurred in Texas (-63,000), North Carolina  
(-37,000), and New Jersey (-29,000). Nationally, the number of hires changed little over the month. 
(See table 2.)

Total Separations

In July, total separations rates decreased in 4 states, increased in 1 state, and were little changed in 45 
states and the District of Columbia. The decreases in total separations rates occurred in Kansas  
(-1.3 percentage points) and Arizona (-1.0 point), as well as in Florida and Illinois (-0.6 point each). The 
increase occurred in Alaska (+0.9 point). Over the month, the national total separations rate was little 
changed. (See table 3.)

The number of total separations decreased in 5 states, increased in 1 state, and was little changed in 44 
states and the District of Columbia in July. The largest decreases occurred in Florida (-59,000), Texas  
(-54,000), and Illinois (-37,000). The one increase in the total separations level occurred in Alaska 
(+3,000). Nationally, the number of total separations changed little over the month. (See table 3.)
 
Quits

In July, quits rates decreased in 7 states and were little changed in 43 states and the District of 
Columbia. The largest decreases in quits rates occurred in Kansas (-0.9 percentage point), as well as in 
New Hampshire and New Mexico (-0.6 point each). Over the month, the national quits rate was little 
changed. (See table 4.)

The number of quits decreased in 8 states, increased in 1 state, and was little changed in 41 states and 
the District of Columbia in July. The largest decreases in the quits level occurred in Texas  
(-52,000), Florida (-37,000), and Illinois (-34,000). The one increase occurred in New Jersey (+16,000). 
Nationally, the number of quits decreased over the month (-253,000). (See table 4.)
 
Layoffs and Discharges 

In July, layoffs and discharges rates increased in 4 states, decreased in 2 states, and were little changed 
in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The increases in layoffs and discharges rates occurred in New 
Hampshire and Rhode Island (+0.6 percentage point each) and in Connecticut and Mississippi (+0.5 
point each). The decreases occurred in Arizona (-0.7 point) and Kansas (-0.4 point). Over the month, the 
national layoffs and discharges rate was unchanged. (See table 5.)

The number of layoffs and discharges increased in 5 states, decreased in 2 states, and was little 
changed in 43 states and the District of Columbia in July. The largest increases in the layoffs and 
discharges levels occurred in Connecticut (+8,000), Mississippi (+6,000), and New Hampshire (+4,000). 
The decreases occurred in Arizona (-21,000) and Kansas (-5,000). Nationally, the number of layoffs and 
discharges was little changed. (See table 5.)

For more information, please see the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) interactive 
charts at www.bls.gov/charts/state-job-openings-and-labor-turnover/state-job-openings-rates.htm#.  
	
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State Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey estimates for August 2023 are scheduled to be 
released on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).
Last Modified Date: September 19, 2023