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Job openings reach 5.0 million in December 2014

February 12, 2015

There were 5.0 million job openings in December 2014, the highest level since January 2001. There were 5.1 million hires and 4.9 million separations during December 2014.


Job openings in selected industries, December 2013 and December 2014, seasonally adjusted
Industry Dec 2013 Dec 2014


3,914,000 5,028,000


3,552,000 4,510,000

Professional and business services

680,000 1,028,000

Trade, transportation, and utilities

763,000 892,000

Health care and social assistance

552,000 832,000

Leisure and hospitality

524,000 646,000


361,000 518,000


288,000 306,000


124,000 147,000

The number of job openings increased over the 12 months ending in December 2014 for total nonfarm, total private, and government. Job openings increased over the year for many industries, including professional and business services and health care and social assistance. The number of openings increased over the year in all four regions.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “Job Openings and Labor Turnover — December 2014” (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations are in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: December 2014 (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings reach 5.0 million in December 2014 at (visited June 13, 2024).

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