August 13, 2008
On the last business day of June 2008, the job openings rate in the United States was 2.6 percent. The job openings rate was unchanged from May. Although the month-to-month changes in job openings data are often small, the trends over time are notable.
The job openings rate remained essentially flat from August 2006 through September 2007. This was followed by a downward trend until March 2008, when the rate leveled off at 2.6 percent for four consecutive months.
These data are from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover: June 2008," (PDF) (HTML) news release USDL 08-1142. These data are seasonally adjusted; data for the most recent month are preliminary. Job openings include only those jobs open on the last business day of the month.