5.2 million private industry job openings on last business day of February 2017

April 13, 2017

On the last business day of February 2017, there were 5.2 million private industry job openings. Almost one-quarter of those job openings were in the education and health services industry, which had 1.3 million job openings. Professional and business services had 1.0 million job openings on the last business day of February, accounting for the next-largest share of private industry job openings.

Job openings by industry, February 2007–February 2017, seasonally adjusted
Month Total private Mining and logging Construction Manufacturing Trade, transportation, and utilities Information Financial activities Professional and business services Education and health services Leisure and hospitality Other services

Feb 2007

4,033,000 13,000 273,000 349,000 729,000 178,000 258,000 719,000 713,000 563,000 237,000

Mar 2007

4,210,000 15,000 209,000 362,000 821,000 157,000 338,000 805,000 744,000 594,000 167,000

Apr 2007

4,379,000 17,000 219,000 387,000 902,000 175,000 244,000 870,000 774,000 562,000 228,000

May 2007

4,117,000 15,000 210,000 367,000 735,000 172,000 283,000 758,000 796,000 599,000 182,000

Jun 2007

4,163,000 11,000 170,000 371,000 798,000 170,000 278,000 772,000 822,000 595,000 176,000

Jul 2007

4,038,000 15,000 207,000 387,000 816,000 165,000 299,000 692,000 694,000 595,000 168,000

Aug 2007

4,079,000 9,000 164,000 334,000 793,000 111,000 313,000 745,000 794,000 636,000 180,000

Sep 2007

4,072,000 12,000 121,000 323,000 792,000 108,000 285,000 757,000 866,000 636,000 173,000

Oct 2007

3,881,000 12,000 126,000 298,000 728,000 114,000 284,000 767,000 742,000 615,000 195,000

Nov 2007

3,730,000 17,000 87,000 270,000 716,000 101,000 237,000 742,000 760,000 630,000 169,000

Dec 2007

3,713,000 18,000 96,000 266,000 724,000 94,000 277,000 778,000 755,000 580,000 127,000

Jan 2008

3,858,000 19,000 132,000 293,000 752,000 91,000 325,000 755,000 722,000 578,000 191,000

Feb 2008

3,619,000 18,000 112,000 270,000 670,000 68,000 228,000 754,000 802,000 557,000 140,000

Mar 2008

3,574,000 18,000 100,000 248,000 628,000 76,000 260,000 762,000 792,000 547,000 144,000

Apr 2008

3,703,000 22,000 119,000 300,000 652,000 97,000 226,000 763,000 750,000 542,000 232,000

May 2008

3,486,000 19,000 170,000 291,000 619,000 73,000 204,000 633,000 743,000 533,000 200,000

Jun 2008

3,335,000 21,000 117,000 248,000 543,000 121,000 197,000 739,000 729,000 487,000 133,000

Jul 2008

3,412,000 31,000 121,000 256,000 626,000 73,000 219,000 662,000 751,000 451,000 223,000

Aug 2008

3,245,000 29,000 84,000 272,000 584,000 87,000 220,000 642,000 700,000 397,000 229,000

Sep 2008

2,854,000 17,000 120,000 214,000 488,000 63,000 194,000 629,000 610,000 406,000 112,000

Oct 2008

2,910,000 15,000 68,000 238,000 556,000 95,000 170,000 580,000 652,000 384,000 152,000

Nov 2008

2,594,000 12,000 45,000 147,000 478,000 68,000 199,000 533,000 631,000 326,000 155,000

Dec 2008

2,545,000 16,000 47,000 139,000 413,000 53,000 201,000 564,000 633,000 313,000 166,000

Jan 2009

2,387,000 16,000 42,000 113,000 448,000 67,000 186,000 553,000 599,000 234,000 128,000

Feb 2009

2,441,000 9,000 63,000 130,000 429,000 57,000 201,000 533,000 562,000 308,000 149,000

Mar 2009

2,131,000 10,000 46,000 114,000 392,000 47,000 189,000 425,000 508,000 269,000 132,000

Apr 2009

1,977,000 9,000 25,000 104,000 336,000 37,000 131,000 415,000 521,000 274,000 125,000

May 2009

2,135,000 10,000 41,000 101,000 450,000 46,000 173,000 408,000 534,000 264,000 108,000

Jun 2009

2,101,000 5,000 54,000 99,000 415,000 42,000 151,000 405,000 541,000 261,000 127,000

Jul 2009

1,917,000 4,000 57,000 109,000 272,000 44,000 132,000 439,000 538,000 220,000 101,000

Aug 2009

1,989,000 4,000 62,000 133,000 410,000 39,000 129,000 346,000 549,000 198,000 120,000

Sep 2009

2,208,000 7,000 66,000 131,000 412,000 53,000 171,000 441,000 557,000 289,000 81,000

Oct 2009

1,996,000 7,000 57,000 146,000 296,000 74,000 161,000 376,000 539,000 247,000 92,000

Nov 2009

2,010,000 6,000 48,000 128,000 321,000 37,000 163,000 425,000 520,000 262,000 100,000

Dec 2009

2,090,000 4,000 54,000 154,000 355,000 59,000 132,000 436,000 544,000 256,000 95,000

Jan 2010

2,251,000 11,000 50,000 138,000 368,000 121,000 170,000 399,000 590,000 262,000 142,000

Feb 2010

2,230,000 11,000 63,000 152,000 431,000 75,000 149,000 395,000 537,000 244,000 174,000

Mar 2010

2,251,000 11,000 77,000 146,000 497,000 51,000 158,000 429,000 521,000 225,000 136,000

Apr 2010

2,571,000 21,000 103,000 189,000 434,000 82,000 221,000 505,000 532,000 266,000 218,000

May 2010

2,511,000 17,000 84,000 196,000 428,000 77,000 211,000 587,000 514,000 287,000 111,000

Jun 2010

2,357,000 16,000 81,000 216,000 417,000 57,000 203,000 487,000 485,000 282,000 114,000

Jul 2010

2,645,000 14,000 118,000 223,000 410,000 105,000 222,000 556,000 536,000 306,000 157,000

Aug 2010

2,588,000 15,000 52,000 190,000 404,000 94,000 243,000 615,000 475,000 344,000 158,000

Sep 2010

2,457,000 16,000 73,000 196,000 419,000 57,000 227,000 574,000 513,000 281,000 102,000

Oct 2010

2,685,000 20,000 65,000 204,000 436,000 78,000 245,000 609,000 616,000 301,000 110,000

Nov 2010

2,617,000 20,000 67,000 196,000 402,000 72,000 256,000 659,000 540,000 291,000 113,000

Dec 2010

2,469,000 22,000 31,000 168,000 445,000 71,000 201,000 597,000 544,000 302,000 88,000

Jan 2011

2,611,000 30,000 62,000 228,000 510,000 101,000 217,000 474,000 531,000 320,000 139,000

Feb 2011

2,754,000 20,000 44,000 207,000 518,000 73,000 209,000 598,000 549,000 407,000 129,000

Mar 2011

2,797,000 33,000 66,000 220,000 513,000 109,000 196,000 603,000 567,000 374,000 116,000

Apr 2011

2,948,000 29,000 121,000 247,000 577,000 113,000 243,000 578,000 600,000 317,000 122,000

May 2011

2,826,000 18,000 120,000 239,000 534,000 108,000 195,000 592,000 580,000 328,000 112,000

Jun 2011

2,877,000 16,000 65,000 222,000 546,000 88,000 215,000 624,000 607,000 360,000 133,000

Jul 2011

3,161,000 30,000 88,000 258,000 599,000 112,000 228,000 770,000 622,000 321,000 132,000

Aug 2011

2,839,000 20,000 98,000 233,000 509,000 112,000 181,000 598,000 615,000 372,000 100,000

Sep 2011

3,108,000 29,000 83,000 244,000 577,000 120,000 170,000 743,000 600,000 419,000 123,000

Oct 2011

3,059,000 23,000 76,000 242,000 600,000 126,000 232,000 617,000 633,000 407,000 104,000

Nov 2011

2,820,000 25,000 62,000 210,000 550,000 128,000 159,000 541,000 639,000 414,000 92,000

Dec 2011

3,023,000 30,000 43,000 218,000 548,000 92,000 191,000 776,000 612,000 418,000 95,000

Jan 2012

3,381,000 28,000 79,000 255,000 637,000 86,000 242,000 809,000 672,000 456,000 118,000

Feb 2012

3,110,000 25,000 59,000 247,000 602,000 90,000 200,000 639,000 686,000 408,000 155,000

Mar 2012

3,425,000 15,000 91,000 313,000 614,000 90,000 234,000 815,000 687,000 421,000 143,000

Apr 2012

3,266,000 17,000 120,000 272,000 577,000 113,000 212,000 617,000 690,000 465,000 183,000

May 2012

3,325,000 21,000 84,000 312,000 596,000 78,000 237,000 694,000 702,000 447,000 152,000

Jun 2012

3,419,000 18,000 99,000 321,000 576,000 85,000 223,000 733,000 753,000 459,000 152,000

Jul 2012

3,326,000 13,000 83,000 305,000 588,000 109,000 249,000 698,000 695,000 465,000 122,000

Aug 2012

3,277,000 14,000 116,000 265,000 596,000 98,000 261,000 754,000 658,000 422,000 92,000

Sep 2012

3,156,000 14,000 83,000 259,000 605,000 94,000 281,000 614,000 706,000 376,000 123,000

Oct 2012

3,329,000 13,000 101,000 274,000 614,000 110,000 265,000 656,000 703,000 444,000 148,000

Nov 2012

3,178,000 16,000 69,000 221,000 659,000 88,000 237,000 602,000 697,000 485,000 104,000

Dec 2012

3,196,000 18,000 66,000 234,000 635,000 84,000 257,000 623,000 685,000 492,000 103,000

Jan 2013

3,390,000 18,000 116,000 264,000 718,000 84,000 237,000 710,000 598,000 474,000 172,000

Feb 2013

3,547,000 21,000 115,000 281,000 623,000 98,000 361,000 754,000 689,000 493,000 113,000

Mar 2013

3,479,000 15,000 105,000 269,000 647,000 96,000 278,000 697,000 705,000 489,000 179,000

Apr 2013

3,515,000 22,000 135,000 260,000 725,000 80,000 285,000 680,000 728,000 463,000 136,000

May 2013

3,453,000 20,000 125,000 240,000 743,000 95,000 314,000 634,000 678,000 460,000 143,000

Jun 2013

3,536,000 22,000 139,000 215,000 816,000 92,000 310,000 628,000 683,000 488,000 145,000

Jul 2013

3,519,000 23,000 119,000 261,000 748,000 98,000 317,000 595,000 676,000 519,000 164,000

Aug 2013

3,587,000 21,000 127,000 289,000 723,000 72,000 270,000 695,000 747,000 541,000 104,000

Sep 2013

3,582,000 16,000 116,000 267,000 781,000 103,000 242,000 703,000 654,000 550,000 148,000

Oct 2013

3,707,000 23,000 126,000 318,000 695,000 134,000 245,000 799,000 669,000 535,000 163,000

Nov 2013

3,476,000 16,000 103,000 245,000 718,000 118,000 217,000 700,000 674,000 564,000 122,000

Dec 2013

3,413,000 23,000 83,000 254,000 694,000 83,000 238,000 710,000 594,000 586,000 149,000

Jan 2014

3,612,000 30,000 126,000 256,000 737,000 103,000 232,000 658,000 710,000 611,000 150,000

Feb 2014

3,697,000 26,000 107,000 262,000 698,000 96,000 239,000 813,000 717,000 594,000 147,000

Mar 2014

3,716,000 32,000 123,000 272,000 772,000 101,000 243,000 713,000 729,000 607,000 124,000

Apr 2014

4,121,000 24,000 129,000 301,000 871,000 139,000 265,000 822,000 739,000 666,000 164,000

May 2014

4,138,000 32,000 151,000 306,000 768,000 98,000 289,000 817,000 816,000 735,000 126,000

Jun 2014

4,170,000 27,000 170,000 320,000 790,000 91,000 316,000 840,000 806,000 698,000 113,000

Jul 2014

4,188,000 30,000 159,000 319,000 816,000 117,000 295,000 855,000 859,000 592,000 146,000

Aug 2014

4,567,000 31,000 147,000 318,000 855,000 99,000 326,000 954,000 947,000 694,000 196,000

Sep 2014

4,154,000 30,000 107,000 302,000 805,000 109,000 256,000 859,000 866,000 673,000 147,000

Oct 2014

4,487,000 31,000 145,000 288,000 852,000 93,000 329,000 940,000 921,000 707,000 181,000

Nov 2014

4,241,000 26,000 106,000 296,000 831,000 117,000 273,000 1,037,000 789,000 623,000 145,000

Dec 2014

4,336,000 20,000 97,000 280,000 821,000 96,000 266,000 1,016,000 911,000 685,000 145,000

Jan 2015

4,592,000 17,000 140,000 304,000 894,000 120,000 305,000 936,000 917,000 777,000 182,000

Feb 2015

4,585,000 10,000 153,000 299,000 878,000 108,000 347,000 929,000 953,000 734,000 176,000

Mar 2015

4,597,000 16,000 173,000 310,000 874,000 106,000 267,000 1,025,000 878,000 725,000 223,000

Apr 2015

5,124,000 16,000 171,000 355,000 971,000 116,000 378,000 1,136,000 1,051,000 741,000 188,000

May 2015

4,878,000 15,000 171,000 337,000 988,000 110,000 312,000 1,109,000 966,000 722,000 147,000

Jun 2015

4,731,000 20,000 152,000 284,000 929,000 99,000 273,000 1,162,000 1,002,000 663,000 148,000

Jul 2015

5,372,000 21,000 156,000 372,000 1,051,000 123,000 380,000 1,147,000 1,153,000 781,000 187,000

Aug 2015

4,950,000 15,000 159,000 318,000 966,000 114,000 335,000 1,087,000 1,059,000 714,000 183,000

Sep 2015

4,947,000 17,000 106,000 309,000 1,019,000 103,000 300,000 1,143,000 1,066,000 704,000 179,000

Oct 2015

5,006,000 19,000 130,000 318,000 960,000 127,000 321,000 1,130,000 1,049,000 748,000 204,000

Nov 2015

4,757,000 16,000 84,000 240,000 880,000 69,000 350,000 1,177,000 1,074,000 739,000 128,000

Dec 2015

4,874,000 15,000 129,000 325,000 818,000 107,000 382,000 1,108,000 1,070,000 729,000 192,000

Jan 2016

5,214,000 13,000 158,000 348,000 1,015,000 97,000 340,000 1,136,000 1,169,000 734,000 203,000

Feb 2016

5,092,000 8,000 193,000 306,000 988,000 86,000 344,000 1,107,000 1,050,000 775,000 235,000

Mar 2016

5,338,000 8,000 209,000 342,000 974,000 76,000 313,000 1,287,000 1,047,000 812,000 270,000

Apr 2016

5,119,000 11,000 184,000 364,000 1,040,000 92,000 336,000 986,000 1,070,000 766,000 270,000

May 2016

5,044,000 10,000 187,000 344,000 949,000 90,000 294,000 1,203,000 1,053,000 746,000 168,000

Jun 2016

4,991,000 11,000 171,000 363,000 990,000 85,000 305,000 1,041,000 1,103,000 736,000 187,000

Jul 2016

5,416,000 13,000 238,000 394,000 1,046,000 84,000 322,000 1,265,000 1,091,000 760,000 203,000

Aug 2016

4,981,000 12,000 184,000 339,000 997,000 87,000 332,000 1,036,000 1,049,000 750,000 195,000

Sep 2016

5,133,000 18,000 237,000 326,000 1,005,000 87,000 339,000 1,125,000 1,086,000 724,000 185,000

Oct 2016

5,103,000 12,000 196,000 314,000 1,021,000 74,000 317,000 1,083,000 1,161,000 731,000 194,000

Nov 2016

5,056,000 16,000 178,000 319,000 1,017,000 73,000 324,000 1,047,000 1,135,000 756,000 192,000

Dec 2016

5,065,000 17,000 140,000 342,000 1,014,000 81,000 357,000 989,000 1,158,000 730,000 236,000

Jan 2017

5,133,000 25,000 142,000 361,000 959,000 73,000 388,000 1,056,000 1,158,000 729,000 241,000

Feb 2017(p)

5,235,000 18,000 169,000 364,000 910,000 69,000 372,000 1,002,000 1,257,000 808,000 267,000
Footnotes:

(p)Preliminary.

The industries with the fewest job openings on the last business day of February 2017 were mining and logging (18,000) and information (69,000). Since February 2016, job openings have increased the most in the education and health services industry (+207,000) and decreased the most in the professional and business services industry (−105,000). 

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — February 2017" (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations can be found in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: February 2017 (PDF). Also see charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 5.2 million private industry job openings on last business day of February 2017 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/5-point-2-million-private-industry-job-openings-on-last-business-day-of-february-2017.htm (visited September 20, 2019).

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