errata

As initially published, the last paragraph indicated that these data were not seasonally adjusted. In fact, these data are seasonally adjusted.

Job openings at highest level since 2000

June 11, 2015

In April 2015, the number of job openings, 5.4 million, was at its highest level since the BLS began publishing job openings data in December 2000. Total nonfarm employment was 141.4 million in April, also a series high.

Job openings and employment, total nonfarm and total private sector, seasonally adjusted, December 2000–April 2015
MonthJob openingsEmployment
Total nonfarmTotal private sectorTotal nonfarmTotal private sector

Dec 2000

4,934,000 4,431,000 132,723,000 111,919,000

Jan 2001

5,273,000 4,744,000 132,696,000 111,861,000

Feb 2001

4,706,000 4,282,000 132,767,000 111,861,000

Mar 2001

4,618,000 4,144,000 132,742,000 111,797,000

Apr 2001

4,668,000 4,215,000 132,460,000 111,468,000

May 2001

4,444,000 3,970,000 132,422,000 111,393,000

Jun 2001

4,232,000 3,731,000 132,291,000 111,154,000

Jul 2001

4,354,000 3,860,000 132,179,000 110,994,000

Aug 2001

4,095,000 3,639,000 132,019,000 110,801,000

Sep 2001

3,973,000 3,589,000 131,778,000 110,536,000

Oct 2001

3,594,000 3,163,000 131,453,000 110,178,000

Nov 2001

3,545,000 3,118,000 131,159,000 109,833,000

Dec 2001

3,586,000 3,170,000 130,988,000 109,633,000

Jan 2002

3,587,000 3,189,000 130,849,000 109,472,000

Feb 2002

3,412,000 2,974,000 130,715,000 109,325,000

Mar 2002

3,605,000 3,189,000 130,695,000 109,264,000

Apr 2002

3,357,000 2,965,000 130,615,000 109,172,000

May 2002

3,525,000 3,090,000 130,607,000 109,093,000

Jun 2002

3,325,000 2,934,000 130,663,000 109,114,000

Jul 2002

3,343,000 2,929,000 130,579,000 109,035,000

Aug 2002

3,462,000 3,022,000 130,563,000 108,974,000

Sep 2002

3,319,000 2,932,000 130,503,000 108,957,000

Oct 2002

3,502,000 3,124,000 130,628,000 109,069,000

Nov 2002

3,585,000 3,144,000 130,638,000 109,057,000

Dec 2002

3,074,000 2,719,000 130,481,000 108,893,000

Jan 2003

3,686,000 3,257,000 130,572,000 108,946,000

Feb 2003

3,402,000 3,035,000 130,421,000 108,797,000

Mar 2003

3,101,000 2,743,000 130,211,000 108,601,000

Apr 2003

3,182,000 2,826,000 130,167,000 108,572,000

May 2003

3,201,000 2,899,000 130,157,000 108,590,000

Jun 2003

3,356,000 2,966,000 130,166,000 108,560,000

Jul 2003

3,195,000 2,843,000 130,190,000 108,557,000

Aug 2003

3,239,000 2,939,000 130,147,000 108,591,000

Sep 2003

3,054,000 2,753,000 130,250,000 108,746,000

Oct 2003

3,196,000 2,848,000 130,446,000 108,888,000

Nov 2003

3,316,000 2,989,000 130,463,000 108,928,000

Dec 2003

3,334,000 3,002,000 130,586,000 109,040,000

Jan 2004

3,391,000 3,064,000 130,746,000 109,208,000

Feb 2004

3,437,000 3,103,000 130,792,000 109,242,000

Mar 2004

3,420,000 3,072,000 131,123,000 109,535,000

Apr 2004

3,466,000 3,116,000 131,371,000 109,757,000

May 2004

3,658,000 3,314,000 131,679,000 110,065,000

Jun 2004

3,384,000 3,057,000 131,753,000 110,152,000

Jul 2004

3,835,000 3,504,000 131,786,000 110,180,000

Aug 2004

3,578,000 3,257,000 131,918,000 110,292,000

Sep 2004

3,704,000 3,365,000 132,080,000 110,445,000

Oct 2004

3,779,000 3,392,000 132,425,000 110,769,000

Nov 2004

3,456,000 3,095,000 132,489,000 110,797,000

Dec 2004

3,846,000 3,450,000 132,618,000 110,925,000

Jan 2005

3,595,000 3,256,000 132,752,000 111,017,000

Feb 2005

3,842,000 3,478,000 132,991,000 111,247,000

Mar 2005

3,891,000 3,535,000 133,126,000 111,386,000

Apr 2005

4,115,000 3,755,000 133,489,000 111,735,000

May 2005

3,824,000 3,472,000 133,665,000 111,884,000

Jun 2005

4,018,000 3,664,000 133,908,000 112,145,000

Jul 2005

4,162,000 3,759,000 134,283,000 112,426,000

Aug 2005

4,085,000 3,712,000 134,479,000 112,616,000

Sep 2005

4,227,000 3,835,000 134,545,000 112,700,000

Oct 2005

4,230,000 3,872,000 134,629,000 112,800,000

Nov 2005

4,341,000 3,965,000 134,966,000 113,107,000

Dec 2005

4,249,000 3,829,000 135,124,000 113,245,000

Jan 2006

4,278,000 3,895,000 135,401,000 113,554,000

Feb 2006

4,308,000 3,909,000 135,716,000 113,838,000

Mar 2006

4,537,000 4,113,000 135,997,000 114,094,000

Apr 2006

4,495,000 4,076,000 136,179,000 114,260,000

May 2006

4,432,000 4,021,000 136,203,000 114,277,000

Jun 2006

4,331,000 3,897,000 136,280,000 114,358,000

Jul 2006

4,081,000 3,582,000 136,486,000 114,513,000

Aug 2006

4,411,000 3,976,000 136,671,000 114,660,000

Sep 2006

4,498,000 4,020,000 136,827,000 114,745,000

Oct 2006

4,454,000 4,050,000 136,830,000 114,762,000

Nov 2006

4,622,000 4,196,000 137,039,000 114,956,000

Dec 2006

4,552,000 4,130,000 137,211,000 115,123,000

Jan 2007

4,590,000 4,143,000 137,448,000 115,353,000

Feb 2007

4,481,000 4,030,000 137,536,000 115,405,000

Mar 2007

4,657,000 4,213,000 137,724,000 115,575,000

Apr 2007

4,534,000 4,078,000 137,802,000 115,627,000

May 2007

4,531,000 4,097,000 137,947,000 115,754,000

Jun 2007

4,639,000 4,205,000 138,018,000 115,811,000

Jul 2007

4,430,000 3,983,000 137,984,000 115,813,000

Aug 2007

4,508,000 4,039,000 137,967,000 115,741,000

Sep 2007

4,481,000 4,049,000 138,053,000 115,774,000

Oct 2007

4,278,000 3,854,000 138,136,000 115,839,000

Nov 2007

4,278,000 3,849,000 138,253,000 115,919,000

Dec 2007

4,323,000 3,883,000 138,350,000 115,974,000

Jan 2008

4,223,000 3,822,000 138,365,000 115,977,000

Feb 2008

4,039,000 3,612,000 138,278,000 115,861,000

Mar 2008

4,012,000 3,591,000 138,199,000 115,756,000

Apr 2008

3,850,000 3,481,000 137,986,000 115,536,000

May 2008

4,000,000 3,538,000 137,803,000 115,320,000

Jun 2008

3,670,000 3,266,000 137,631,000 115,114,000

Jul 2008

3,762,000 3,360,000 137,421,000 114,853,000

Aug 2008

3,584,000 3,199,000 137,162,000 114,595,000

Sep 2008

3,210,000 2,803,000 136,710,000 114,173,000

Oct 2008

3,273,000 2,889,000 136,234,000 113,685,000

Nov 2008

3,059,000 2,696,000 135,469,000 112,909,000

Dec 2008

3,049,000 2,745,000 134,773,000 112,217,000

Jan 2009

2,763,000 2,372,000 133,977,000 111,398,000

Feb 2009

2,794,000 2,436,000 133,274,000 110,698,000

Mar 2009

2,493,000 2,133,000 132,450,000 109,890,000

Apr 2009

2,271,000 1,904,000 131,766,000 109,089,000

May 2009

2,413,000 2,128,000 131,411,000 108,794,000

Jun 2009

2,388,000 2,071,000 130,944,000 108,368,000

Jul 2009

2,146,000 1,875,000 130,619,000 108,098,000

Aug 2009

2,294,000 2,003,000 130,402,000 107,865,000

Sep 2009

2,434,000 2,178,000 130,175,000 107,724,000

Oct 2009

2,376,000 1,996,000 129,974,000 107,450,000

Nov 2009

2,419,000 2,077,000 129,968,000 107,435,000

Dec 2009

2,490,000 2,162,000 129,685,000 107,203,000

Jan 2010

2,706,000 2,280,000 129,717,000 107,226,000

Feb 2010

2,561,000 2,211,000 129,649,000 107,173,000

Mar 2010

2,652,000 2,251,000 129,810,000 107,292,000

Apr 2010

3,097,000 2,476,000 130,057,000 107,488,000

May 2010

2,900,000 2,518,000 130,575,000 107,579,000

Jun 2010

2,728,000 2,414,000 130,445,000 107,705,000

Jul 2010

2,929,000 2,605,000 130,381,000 107,812,000

Aug 2010

2,869,000 2,555,000 130,342,000 107,922,000

Sep 2010

2,782,000 2,459,000 130,293,000 108,046,000

Oct 2010

3,026,000 2,683,000 130,541,000 108,244,000

Nov 2010

3,072,000 2,759,000 130,662,000 108,375,000

Dec 2010

2,909,000 2,526,000 130,751,000 108,485,000

Jan 2011

2,917,000 2,582,000 130,826,000 108,562,000

Feb 2011

3,065,000 2,771,000 130,993,000 108,780,000

Mar 2011

3,132,000 2,803,000 131,199,000 109,005,000

Apr 2011

3,099,000 2,772,000 131,520,000 109,335,000

May 2011

3,032,000 2,744,000 131,623,000 109,495,000

Jun 2011

3,194,000 2,857,000 131,808,000 109,681,000

Jul 2011

3,417,000 3,093,000 131,925,000 109,871,000

Aug 2011

3,138,000 2,818,000 132,053,000 110,008,000

Sep 2011

3,557,000 3,166,000 132,276,000 110,295,000

Oct 2011

3,422,000 3,051,000 132,459,000 110,461,000

Nov 2011

3,215,000 2,855,000 132,605,000 110,635,000

Dec 2011

3,527,000 3,171,000 132,831,000 110,881,000

Jan 2012

3,653,000 3,307,000 133,211,000 111,262,000

Feb 2012

3,517,000 3,129,000 133,458,000 111,511,000

Mar 2012

3,837,000 3,432,000 133,674,000 111,729,000

Apr 2012

3,627,000 3,291,000 133,761,000 111,839,000

May 2012

3,696,000 3,312,000 133,874,000 111,961,000

Jun 2012

3,785,000 3,420,000 133,909,000 112,017,000

Jul 2012

3,587,000 3,217,000 134,086,000 112,171,000

Aug 2012

3,637,000 3,220,000 134,274,000 112,331,000

Sep 2012

3,614,000 3,238,000 134,418,000 112,495,000

Oct 2012

3,729,000 3,368,000 134,631,000 112,735,000

Nov 2012

3,741,000 3,377,000 134,795,000 112,921,000

Dec 2012

3,640,000 3,249,000 135,088,000 113,196,000

Jan 2013

3,770,000 3,348,000 135,293,000 113,416,000

Feb 2013

4,023,000 3,609,000 135,607,000 113,713,000

Mar 2013

3,891,000 3,515,000 135,722,000 113,852,000

Apr 2013

3,840,000 3,433,000 135,909,000 114,046,000

May 2013

3,829,000 3,425,000 136,128,000 114,271,000

Jun 2013

3,864,000 3,497,000 136,255,000 114,443,000

Jul 2013

3,829,000 3,443,000 136,419,000 114,605,000

Aug 2013

3,893,000 3,505,000 136,675,000 114,818,000

Sep 2013

3,955,000 3,561,000 136,825,000 114,986,000

Oct 2013

4,076,000 3,669,000 137,050,000 115,221,000

Nov 2013

4,073,000 3,690,000 137,367,000 115,524,000

Dec 2013

3,977,000 3,628,000 137,476,000 115,648,000

Jan 2014

3,906,000 3,518,000 137,642,000 115,831,000

Feb 2014

4,160,000 3,744,000 137,830,000 116,006,000

Mar 2014

4,210,000 3,794,000 138,055,000 116,229,000

Apr 2014

4,417,000 4,050,000 138,385,000 116,542,000

May 2014

4,608,000 4,179,000 138,621,000 116,780,000

Jun 2014

4,710,000 4,201,000 138,907,000 117,052,000

Jul 2014

4,726,000 4,256,000 139,156,000 117,295,000

Aug 2014

4,925,000 4,478,000 139,369,000 117,504,000

Sep 2014

4,678,000 4,195,000 139,619,000 117,739,000

Oct 2014

4,849,000 4,440,000 139,840,000 117,957,000

Nov 2014

4,886,000 4,424,000 140,263,000 118,371,000

Dec 2014

4,877,000 4,396,000 140,592,000 118,690,000

Jan 2015

4,965,000 4,459,000 140,793,000 118,892,000

Feb 2015

5,144,000 4,656,000 141,059,000 119,153,000

Mar 2015

5,109,000 4,626,000 141,178,000 119,270,000

Apr 2015 (p)

5,376,000 4,887,000 141,399,000 119,476,000
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary.

The number of job openings reached its most recent peak, 4.7 million, in March 2007, before the beginning of the 2007–2009 recession. Employment reached a peak of 138.4 million in January 2008, a month after the recession began.

The number of job openings reached a series low in July 2009, one month after the official end of the recession. Employment continued to decline after the end of the recession, reaching a low point in February 2010.

Job openings have trended upward since their low in July 2009, and have been above the March 2007 peak since mid-2014.

These job openings data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The data are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “Job Openings and Labor Turnover — April 2015” (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations are in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: April 2015 (PDF). Employment data are from the Current Employment Statistics program.

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