July 13, 2005
On the last business day of May 2005, there were 3.5 million job openings in the United States, and the job openings rate was 2.5 percent.
The job openings rate was little changed in May compared to April, but has generally trended upward since September 2003.
In May, the job openings rate decreased in the manufacturing industry and in the Northeast region.
These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey program. Find out more in Job Openings and Labor Turnover: May 2005 (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 05-1290. The job openings rate is the number of job openings on the last business day of the month as a percent of total employment plus job openings. Data for May 2005 are preliminary.