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State Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary


For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Wednesday, May 18, 2022	USDL-22-0903
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			   STATE JOB OPENINGS AND LABOR TURNOVER  MARCH 2022

Job openings rates increased in 8 states, decreased in 3 states, and were little changed in 39 states and 
the District of Columbia on the last business day of March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 
today. Hires rates increased in 5 states, decreased in 4 states, and were little changed in 41 states and the 
District of Columbia. Total separations rates increased in 6 states, decreased in 2 states, and were little 
changed in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Nationally, the job openings, hires, and total 
separations rates showed little or no change in March. (See tables A-E.)

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 March, job openings rates increased in 8 states and decreased in 3 states. The largest increases in job 
openings rates occurred in Arkansas and Kentucky (+2.0 percentage points each) and in Oklahoma (+1.6 
points). The decreases in job openings rates occurred in New Hampshire (-1.3 percentage points), 
Georgia (-0.6 point), and Wisconsin (-0.5 point). The national job openings rate was little changed. (See 
table A.)

The number of job openings increased in 8 states and decreased in 4 states in March. The largest 
increases occurred in Florida (+61,000), Texas (+47,000), and Kentucky (+46,000). The largest 
decreases in the job openings level occurred in New York (-35,000), Georgia (-33,000), and Wisconsin 
(-16,000). Nationally, the number of job openings was little changed. (See table A.)

Hires

In March, hires rates increased in 5 states and decreased in 4 states. The largest increases in hires rates 
occurred in Kansas (+0.8 percentage point) and Arkansas (+0.7 point), as well as Kentucky and 
Missouri (+0.6 point each). The largest decreases in hires rates occurred in Idaho (-1.4 percentage 
points), Georgia (-1.0 point), and Washington (-0.5 point). The national hires rate was unchanged. (See 
table B.)

The number of hires increased in 4 states and decreased in 3 states in March. The largest increases 
occurred in Florida (+40,000), Kentucky (+11,000), and Kansas (+10,000). The decreases occurred in 
Texas (-53,000), Georgia (-45,000), and Idaho (-11,000). Nationally, the number of hires was little 
changed over the month. (See table B.)

Total Separations

In March, total separations rates increased in 6 states and decreased in 2 states. The largest increases 
occurred in Florida (+1.3 percentage points), and in Arizona and South Carolina (+1.0 point each). The 
total separations rate decreased in Mississippi (-0.8 percentage point) and in Ohio (-0.6 point). The 
national total separations rate was little changed over the month. (See table C.)

The number of total separations increased in 6 states in March and decreased in 2 states. The largest 
increases occurred in Florida (+123,000), Arizona (+31,000), and Virginia (+26,000). Decreases in the 
total separations level occurred in Ohio (-28,000) and in Mississippi (-10,000). Nationally, the number 
of total separations edged up in March (+239,000). (See table C.)
 
Quits

In March, quits rates increased in 8 states and decreased in 3 states. The largest increases in quits rates 
occurred in Arizona (+1.2 percentage points), Florida (+1.1 points), and Utah (+0.8 point). Decreases in 
the quits rate occurred in New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Ohio (-0.5 percentage point each). Over 
the month, the national quits rate was little changed. (See table D.)

The number of quits increased in 7 states and decreased in 1 state in March. The largest increases in the 
quits level occurred in Florida (+97,000), Arizona (+36,000), and Washington (+19,000). The decrease 
in the quits level occurred in Ohio (-25,000). Nationally, the number of quits edged up over the month 
(+152,000). (See table D.)
 
Layoffs and Discharges

In March, layoffs and discharges rates decreased in 3 states and increased in 2 states. The decreases in 
layoffs and discharges rates occurred in Mississippi (-0.6 percentage point), and in Kansas and Maryland 
(-0.4 point each). The increases in layoffs and discharges rates occurred in Florida (+0.4 percentage 
point) and in Michigan (+0.3 point). The national layoffs and discharges rate was unchanged. (See table 
E.)

The number of layoffs and discharges decreased in 3 states and increased in 2 states in March. The 
decreases in layoffs and discharges were in Maryland (-9,000), Mississippi (-7,000), and Kansas  
(-5,000). The increases in layoffs and discharges were in Florida (+30,000) and in New Jersey 
(+12,000). Nationally, the number of layoffs and discharges was little changed over the month. (See 
table E.)

For more information, please see the JOLTS interactive charts at www.bls.gov/charts/state-job-
openings-and-labor-turnover/state-job-openings-rates.htm#.  

	
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey State estimates for April 2022 are scheduled to be 
released on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
|			Upcoming Revisions to the JOLTS State Estimates					|
|													|
|State annual revisions will be released June 29, 2022. These revisions will incorporate the annual 	|
|benchmark revisions to JOLTS national estimates, the Current Employment Statistics employment 		|
|estimates, and the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data. Seasonally adjusted and not 		|
|seasonally adjusted estimates will be revised from January 2017 forward.				|
|_______________________________________________________________________________________________________|


Table A: States with significant changes in job openings from Feb 2022 to Mar 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)        |                  Rates                          
                       |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Feb   |   Mar  | Over-the-month |   Feb  |   Mar  | Over-the-month
                       |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)   |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)  
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Total U.S..............|11,344  |11,549  |      205       |   7.0  |   7.1  |      0.1        
Arkansas...............|    81  |   111  |       30       |   5.8  |   7.8  |      2.0
Florida................|   688  |   749  |       61       |   6.9  |   7.5  |      0.6
Georgia................|   435  |   402  |      -33       |   8.4  |   7.8  |     -0.6
Kentucky...............|   164  |   210  |       46       |   7.8  |   9.8  |      2.0
Maryland...............|   201  |   223  |       22       |   6.9  |   7.6  |      0.7
Mississippi............|    88  |    95  |        7       |   7.0  |   7.6  |      0.6
New Hampshire..........|    61  |    51  |      -10       |   8.3  |   7.0  |     -1.3
New York...............|   629  |   594  |      -35       |   6.3  |   6.0  |     -0.3*
North Carolina.........|   375  |   406  |       31       |   7.4  |   7.9  |      0.5
Oklahoma...............|   115  |   146  |       31       |   6.4  |   8.0  |      1.6
Texas..................|   938  |   985  |       47       |   6.6  |   6.9  |      0.3
Wisconsin..............|   234  |   218  |      -16       |   7.4  |   6.9  |     -0.5
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant.


Table B: States with significant changes in hires from Feb 2022 to Mar 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)        |                  Rates                          
                       |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Feb   |   Mar  | Over-the-month |   Feb  |   Mar  | Over-the-month
                       |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)   |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total U.S..............| 6,832  | 6,737  |      -95       |   4.5  |   4.5  |      0.0        
Arkansas...............|    62  |    71  |        9       |   4.7  |   5.4  |      0.7
Florida................|   449  |   489  |       40       |   4.9  |   5.3  |      0.4*
Georgia................|   316  |   271  |      -45       |   6.7  |   5.7  |     -1.0
Idaho..................|    50  |    39  |      -11       |   6.2  |   4.8  |     -1.4
Kansas.................|    45  |    55  |       10       |   3.2  |   4.0  |      0.8
Kentucky...............|   103  |   114  |       11       |   5.3  |   5.9  |      0.6
Michigan...............|   194  |   215  |       21*      |   4.5  |   5.0  |      0.5
Missouri...............|    94  |   109  |       15*      |   3.2  |   3.8  |      0.6
Texas..................|   661  |   608  |      -53       |   5.0  |   4.6  |     -0.4
Washington.............|   165  |   151  |      -14*      |   4.8  |   4.3  |     -0.5
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant.


Table C: States with significant changes in total separations from Feb 2022 to Mar 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)        |                  Rates                          
                       |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Feb   |   Mar  | Over-the-month |   Feb  |   Mar  | Over-the-month
                       |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)   |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)  
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Total U.S..............| 6,082  | 6,321  |      239       |   4.0  |   4.2  |      0.2        
Alabama................|    87  |   104  |       17       |   4.2  |   5.0  |      0.8
Arizona................|   135  |   166  |       31       |   4.5  |   5.5  |      1.0
Florida................|   402  |   525  |      123       |   4.4  |   5.7  |      1.3
Mississippi............|    70  |    60  |      -10       |   6.0  |   5.2  |     -0.8
Ohio...................|   227  |   199  |      -28       |   4.2  |   3.6  |     -0.6
South Carolina.........|   100  |   120  |       20       |   4.5  |   5.5  |      1.0
Utah...................|    66  |    80  |       14       |   4.0  |   4.8  |      0.8
Virginia...............|   141  |   167  |       26       |   3.5  |   4.2  |      0.7
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant.


Table D: States with significant changes in quits from Feb 2022 to Mar 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)        |                  Rates                          
                       |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Feb   |   Mar  | Over-the-month |   Feb  |   Mar  | Over-the-month
                       |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)   |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)  
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Total U.S..............| 4,384  | 4,536  |      152       |   2.9  |   3.0  |      0.1        
Alabama................|    62  |    73  |       11       |   3.0  |   3.5  |      0.5
Arizona................|   101  |   137  |       36       |   3.3  |   4.5  |      1.2
Florida................|   307  |   404  |       97       |   3.3  |   4.4  |      1.1
Louisiana..............|    57  |    66  |        9       |   3.0  |   3.5  |      0.5
New Hampshire..........|    21  |    18  |       -3*      |   3.1  |   2.6  |     -0.5
North Dakota...........|    13  |    11  |       -2*      |   3.1  |   2.6  |     -0.5
Ohio...................|   175  |   150  |      -25       |   3.2  |   2.7  |     -0.5
South Carolina.........|    77  |    90  |       13       |   3.5  |   4.1  |      0.6
Utah...................|    49  |    62  |       13       |   3.0  |   3.8  |      0.8
Virginia...............|    95  |   108  |       13*      |   2.4  |   2.7  |      0.3
Washington.............|    85  |   104  |       19       |   2.5  |   3.0  |      0.5
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant.


Table E: States with significant changes in layoffs and discharges from Feb 2022 to Mar 2022, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)        |                  Rates                          
                       |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Feb   |   Mar  | Over-the-month |   Feb  |   Mar  | Over-the-month
                       |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)   |  2022  | 2022(p)|    change(p)  
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Total U.S..............| 1,354  | 1,405  |       51       |   0.9  |   0.9  |      0.0        
Florida................|    69  |    99  |       30       |   0.7  |   1.1  |      0.4
Kansas.................|    14  |     9  |       -5       |   1.0  |   0.6  |     -0.4
Maryland...............|    34  |    25  |       -9       |   1.3  |   0.9  |     -0.4
Michigan...............|    28  |    37  |        9*      |   0.6  |   0.9  |      0.3
Mississippi............|    22  |    15  |       -7       |   1.9  |   1.3  |     -0.6
New Jersey.............|    40  |    52  |       12       |   1.0  |   1.2  |      0.2*
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant.
Last Modified Date: May 18, 2022