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Handbook of Methods Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Overview

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey : Overview

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) produces monthly and annual estimates of job openings, hires, and separations, including quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations. Estimates are published for nonfarm establishments in the private sector as well as federal, state, and local governments in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  

JOLTS estimates can be used to gauge labor demand, monitor the dynamics between hires and separations, and measure labor turnover.

Quick Facts: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey
Subject areas Employment
Key measures
  • Hires
  • Job openings
  • Separations
How the data are obtained Survey of businesses
Classification Geography, Industry
Periodicity of data availability Monthly
Geographic detail Census region, National
Scope Private sector
Key products
Program webpage
Last Modified Date: July 13, 2020