Job openings rose to 6.0 million in April 2017

June 09, 2017

The number of job openings rose to 6.0 million on the last business day of April 2017, the highest on record for this data series. The number of hires decreased to 5.1 million over the month, and separations edged down to 5.0 million.

Number of job openings, hires, and separations, seasonally adjusted, April 2007–April 2017
Month Total nonfarm job openings Total nonfarm hires Total nonfarm separations Total private job openings Total private hires Total private separations Government job openings Government hires Government separations

Apr 2007

4,824,000 5,158,000 5,138,000 4,379,000 4,776,000 4,788,000 445,000 383,000 349,000

May 2007

4,550,000 5,268,000 5,080,000 4,117,000 4,893,000 4,719,000 433,000 375,000 361,000

Jun 2007

4,608,000 5,187,000 5,065,000 4,163,000 4,814,000 4,704,000 445,000 373,000 362,000

Jul 2007

4,490,000 5,075,000 5,118,000 4,038,000 4,725,000 4,721,000 452,000 350,000 397,000

Aug 2007

4,555,000 5,106,000 5,105,000 4,079,000 4,719,000 4,763,000 475,000 388,000 342,000

Sep 2007

4,523,000 5,145,000 5,031,000 4,072,000 4,755,000 4,702,000 451,000 390,000 328,000

Oct 2007

4,300,000 5,227,000 5,129,000 3,881,000 4,908,000 4,821,000 418,000 319,000 308,000

Nov 2007

4,156,000 5,162,000 5,031,000 3,730,000 4,830,000 4,730,000 426,000 332,000 301,000

Dec 2007

4,123,000 4,968,000 4,926,000 3,713,000 4,615,000 4,612,000 410,000 354,000 314,000

Jan 2008

4,260,000 4,868,000 5,005,000 3,858,000 4,554,000 4,715,000 402,000 315,000 290,000

Feb 2008

4,042,000 4,943,000 5,010,000 3,619,000 4,620,000 4,723,000 423,000 323,000 287,000

Mar 2008

4,001,000 4,766,000 4,762,000 3,574,000 4,439,000 4,475,000 426,000 327,000 287,000

Apr 2008

4,098,000 4,875,000 5,121,000 3,703,000 4,568,000 4,824,000 395,000 308,000 297,000

May 2008

3,960,000 4,602,000 4,728,000 3,486,000 4,297,000 4,457,000 474,000 306,000 272,000

Jun 2008

3,767,000 4,751,000 4,900,000 3,335,000 4,447,000 4,626,000 432,000 304,000 274,000

Jul 2008

3,821,000 4,471,000 4,713,000 3,412,000 4,183,000 4,467,000 409,000 289,000 246,000

Aug 2008

3,665,000 4,522,000 4,815,000 3,245,000 4,239,000 4,526,000 420,000 283,000 290,000

Sep 2008

3,264,000 4,316,000 4,751,000 2,854,000 4,040,000 4,463,000 410,000 276,000 288,000

Oct 2008

3,292,000 4,454,000 4,895,000 2,910,000 4,162,000 4,599,000 382,000 292,000 296,000

Nov 2008

2,956,000 3,954,000 4,605,000 2,594,000 3,688,000 4,340,000 362,000 267,000 265,000

Dec 2008

2,830,000 4,218,000 4,814,000 2,545,000 3,951,000 4,542,000 285,000 266,000 271,000

Jan 2009

2,767,000 4,158,000 4,974,000 2,387,000 3,832,000 4,676,000 380,000 326,000 298,000

Feb 2009

2,791,000 4,011,000 4,674,000 2,441,000 3,753,000 4,399,000 351,000 257,000 274,000

Mar 2009

2,491,000 3,730,000 4,536,000 2,131,000 3,489,000 4,281,000 359,000 241,000 255,000

Apr 2009

2,357,000 3,853,000 4,655,000 1,977,000 3,483,000 4,390,000 379,000 370,000 265,000

May 2009

2,427,000 3,793,000 4,146,000 2,135,000 3,541,000 3,837,000 293,000 253,000 309,000

Jun 2009

2,428,000 3,675,000 4,192,000 2,101,000 3,415,000 3,882,000 327,000 260,000 310,000

Jul 2009

2,196,000 3,854,000 4,297,000 1,917,000 3,617,000 4,006,000 279,000 237,000 291,000

Aug 2009

2,306,000 3,744,000 4,060,000 1,989,000 3,466,000 3,797,000 317,000 277,000 263,000

Sep 2009

2,478,000 3,859,000 4,084,000 2,208,000 3,626,000 3,781,000 271,000 233,000 303,000

Oct 2009

2,400,000 3,767,000 3,951,000 1,996,000 3,450,000 3,691,000 404,000 316,000 260,000

Nov 2009

2,350,000 3,992,000 3,873,000 2,010,000 3,718,000 3,603,000 340,000 274,000 270,000

Dec 2009

2,407,000 3,806,000 3,989,000 2,090,000 3,565,000 3,700,000 317,000 241,000 290,000

Jan 2010

2,636,000 3,880,000 3,894,000 2,251,000 3,596,000 3,620,000 385,000 284,000 274,000

Feb 2010

2,578,000 3,781,000 3,830,000 2,230,000 3,510,000 3,539,000 348,000 272,000 292,000

Mar 2010

2,666,000 4,182,000 3,949,000 2,251,000 3,849,000 3,663,000 416,000 333,000 286,000

Apr 2010

3,220,000 4,082,000 3,892,000 2,571,000 3,756,000 3,600,000 648,000 326,000 291,000

May 2010

2,891,000 4,376,000 3,831,000 2,511,000 3,646,000 3,532,000 380,000 730,000 299,000

Jun 2010

2,664,000 4,064,000 4,223,000 2,357,000 3,781,000 3,676,000 307,000 283,000 548,000

Jul 2010

2,965,000 4,116,000 4,278,000 2,645,000 3,843,000 3,840,000 320,000 272,000 438,000

Aug 2010

2,920,000 3,910,000 4,009,000 2,588,000 3,656,000 3,591,000 332,000 254,000 418,000

Sep 2010

2,767,000 3,978,000 4,026,000 2,457,000 3,736,000 3,632,000 309,000 242,000 394,000

Oct 2010

3,033,000 4,061,000 3,784,000 2,685,000 3,762,000 3,522,000 348,000 299,000 262,000

Nov 2010

2,914,000 4,101,000 3,843,000 2,617,000 3,804,000 3,532,000 298,000 296,000 310,000

Dec 2010

2,857,000 4,155,000 4,026,000 2,469,000 3,880,000 3,731,000 388,000 274,000 295,000

Jan 2011

2,939,000 3,910,000 3,908,000 2,611,000 3,642,000 3,638,000 328,000 267,000 270,000

Feb 2011

3,056,000 4,061,000 3,838,000 2,754,000 3,840,000 3,570,000 302,000 221,000 268,000

Mar 2011

3,130,000 4,291,000 3,980,000 2,797,000 4,044,000 3,710,000 333,000 247,000 270,000

Apr 2011

3,287,000 4,218,000 3,924,000 2,948,000 3,946,000 3,621,000 339,000 272,000 303,000

May 2011

3,114,000 4,116,000 4,035,000 2,826,000 3,869,000 3,738,000 289,000 248,000 297,000

Jun 2011

3,224,000 4,297,000 4,094,000 2,877,000 4,005,000 3,824,000 347,000 292,000 270,000

Jul 2011

3,475,000 4,139,000 4,082,000 3,161,000 3,911,000 3,773,000 314,000 228,000 309,000

Aug 2011

3,168,000 4,168,000 4,120,000 2,839,000 3,927,000 3,816,000 330,000 241,000 304,000

Sep 2011

3,495,000 4,320,000 4,115,000 3,108,000 4,043,000 3,832,000 387,000 276,000 284,000

Oct 2011

3,421,000 4,239,000 4,011,000 3,059,000 3,972,000 3,749,000 362,000 266,000 263,000

Nov 2011

3,153,000 4,244,000 4,001,000 2,820,000 3,976,000 3,704,000 333,000 267,000 297,000

Dec 2011

3,369,000 4,234,000 3,994,000 3,023,000 3,933,000 3,677,000 346,000 300,000 317,000

Jan 2012

3,725,000 4,292,000 4,010,000 3,381,000 4,014,000 3,733,000 343,000 278,000 277,000

Feb 2012

3,500,000 4,419,000 4,175,000 3,110,000 4,128,000 3,876,000 390,000 291,000 299,000

Mar 2012

3,831,000 4,465,000 4,134,000 3,425,000 4,182,000 3,845,000 406,000 283,000 289,000

Apr 2012

3,643,000 4,299,000 4,260,000 3,266,000 4,012,000 3,948,000 377,000 287,000 312,000

May 2012

3,694,000 4,445,000 4,336,000 3,325,000 4,160,000 4,033,000 369,000 285,000 302,000

Jun 2012

3,799,000 4,432,000 4,367,000 3,419,000 4,133,000 4,076,000 380,000 298,000 292,000

Jul 2012

3,694,000 4,269,000 4,138,000 3,326,000 3,977,000 3,842,000 368,000 292,000 296,000

Aug 2012

3,683,000 4,447,000 4,360,000 3,277,000 4,145,000 4,061,000 406,000 302,000 299,000

Sep 2012

3,521,000 4,238,000 4,059,000 3,156,000 3,959,000 3,795,000 366,000 280,000 263,000

Oct 2012

3,708,000 4,299,000 4,194,000 3,329,000 4,034,000 3,891,000 378,000 265,000 303,000

Nov 2012

3,521,000 4,393,000 4,171,000 3,178,000 4,114,000 3,879,000 343,000 279,000 292,000

Dec 2012

3,570,000 4,360,000 4,038,000 3,196,000 4,063,000 3,746,000 374,000 297,000 293,000

Jan 2013

3,790,000 4,422,000 4,297,000 3,390,000 4,143,000 4,006,000 400,000 279,000 291,000

Feb 2013

3,974,000 4,509,000 4,156,000 3,547,000 4,198,000 3,859,000 427,000 311,000 296,000

Mar 2013

3,872,000 4,293,000 4,113,000 3,479,000 4,023,000 3,814,000 393,000 270,000 299,000

Apr 2013

3,951,000 4,533,000 4,376,000 3,515,000 4,242,000 4,086,000 437,000 290,000 290,000

May 2013

3,873,000 4,572,000 4,363,000 3,453,000 4,293,000 4,066,000 421,000 279,000 297,000

Jun 2013

3,924,000 4,409,000 4,267,000 3,536,000 4,139,000 3,971,000 387,000 270,000 296,000

Jul 2013

3,896,000 4,529,000 4,384,000 3,519,000 4,257,000 4,099,000 377,000 272,000 285,000

Aug 2013

3,968,000 4,732,000 4,517,000 3,587,000 4,438,000 4,240,000 380,000 295,000 277,000

Sep 2013

3,959,000 4,681,000 4,537,000 3,582,000 4,390,000 4,252,000 378,000 292,000 284,000

Oct 2013

4,105,000 4,444,000 4,288,000 3,707,000 4,162,000 3,985,000 398,000 282,000 302,000

Nov 2013

3,837,000 4,588,000 4,268,000 3,476,000 4,293,000 3,988,000 361,000 295,000 280,000

Dec 2013

3,742,000 4,500,000 4,335,000 3,413,000 4,224,000 4,038,000 329,000 276,000 298,000

Jan 2014

3,980,000 4,615,000 4,443,000 3,612,000 4,332,000 4,150,000 368,000 283,000 293,000

Feb 2014

4,101,000 4,627,000 4,436,000 3,697,000 4,329,000 4,147,000 403,000 298,000 289,000

Mar 2014

4,167,000 4,758,000 4,452,000 3,716,000 4,442,000 4,141,000 451,000 316,000 311,000

Apr 2014

4,569,000 4,812,000 4,518,000 4,121,000 4,508,000 4,242,000 448,000 303,000 276,000

May 2014

4,594,000 4,796,000 4,565,000 4,138,000 4,503,000 4,271,000 457,000 293,000 294,000

Jun 2014

4,680,000 4,817,000 4,552,000 4,170,000 4,500,000 4,270,000 510,000 317,000 282,000

Jul 2014

4,648,000 5,001,000 4,784,000 4,188,000 4,727,000 4,503,000 459,000 273,000 281,000

Aug 2014

5,026,000 4,839,000 4,627,000 4,567,000 4,554,000 4,328,000 459,000 284,000 299,000

Sep 2014

4,625,000 5,078,000 4,882,000 4,154,000 4,739,000 4,576,000 470,000 339,000 306,000

Oct 2014

4,906,000 5,118,000 4,927,000 4,487,000 4,810,000 4,617,000 419,000 309,000 310,000

Nov 2014

4,684,000 5,027,000 4,633,000 4,241,000 4,720,000 4,345,000 442,000 308,000 288,000

Dec 2014

4,795,000 5,165,000 4,789,000 4,336,000 4,838,000 4,478,000 459,000 328,000 312,000

Jan 2015

5,104,000 5,027,000 4,843,000 4,592,000 4,702,000 4,526,000 512,000 325,000 316,000

Feb 2015

5,124,000 4,991,000 4,705,000 4,585,000 4,656,000 4,383,000 539,000 334,000 322,000

Mar 2015

5,125,000 5,090,000 4,986,000 4,597,000 4,763,000 4,653,000 528,000 326,000 333,000

Apr 2015

5,632,000 5,095,000 4,906,000 5,124,000 4,753,000 4,584,000 508,000 342,000 322,000

May 2015

5,421,000 5,143,000 4,812,000 4,878,000 4,803,000 4,496,000 543,000 340,000 315,000

Jun 2015

5,189,000 5,162,000 5,011,000 4,731,000 4,836,000 4,683,000 457,000 326,000 328,000

Jul 2015

5,891,000 5,136,000 4,849,000 5,372,000 4,782,000 4,525,000 519,000 354,000 324,000

Aug 2015

5,445,000 5,129,000 4,958,000 4,950,000 4,765,000 4,634,000 494,000 364,000 324,000

Sep 2015

5,414,000 5,150,000 5,067,000 4,947,000 4,828,000 4,731,000 467,000 322,000 336,000

Oct 2015

5,484,000 5,304,000 4,983,000 5,006,000 4,947,000 4,622,000 478,000 357,000 361,000

Nov 2015

5,221,000 5,323,000 5,003,000 4,757,000 4,963,000 4,661,000 464,000 360,000 342,000

Dec 2015

5,374,000 5,504,000 5,223,000 4,874,000 5,125,000 4,870,000 500,000 379,000 353,000

Jan 2016

5,713,000 5,117,000 5,033,000 5,214,000 4,760,000 4,693,000 499,000 358,000 340,000

Feb 2016

5,566,000 5,447,000 5,183,000 5,092,000 5,094,000 4,844,000 474,000 353,000 339,000

Mar 2016

5,852,000 5,297,000 5,040,000 5,338,000 4,919,000 4,709,000 514,000 378,000 331,000

Apr 2016

5,643,000 5,038,000 4,962,000 5,119,000 4,684,000 4,598,000 524,000 354,000 364,000

May 2016

5,582,000 5,153,000 5,101,000 5,044,000 4,781,000 4,762,000 538,000 373,000 339,000

Jun 2016

5,535,000 5,176,000 4,940,000 4,991,000 4,819,000 4,603,000 544,000 357,000 338,000

Jul 2016

5,973,000 5,328,000 5,001,000 5,416,000 4,948,000 4,674,000 556,000 380,000 327,000

Aug 2016

5,491,000 5,288,000 5,059,000 4,981,000 4,909,000 4,706,000 511,000 378,000 353,000

Sep 2016

5,666,000 5,179,000 4,942,000 5,133,000 4,811,000 4,599,000 533,000 368,000 343,000

Oct 2016

5,587,000 5,200,000 5,041,000 5,103,000 4,870,000 4,699,000 484,000 330,000 342,000

Nov 2016

5,631,000 5,263,000 5,075,000 5,056,000 4,912,000 4,720,000 575,000 351,000 355,000

Dec 2016

5,539,000 5,303,000 5,084,000 5,065,000 4,984,000 4,754,000 474,000 319,000 330,000

Jan 2017

5,625,000 5,424,000 5,247,000 5,133,000 5,067,000 4,908,000 492,000 357,000 339,000

Feb 2017

5,682,000 5,249,000 5,008,000 5,179,000 4,905,000 4,662,000 503,000 344,000 347,000

Mar 2017

5,785,000 5,304,000 5,198,000 5,244,000 4,975,000 4,882,000 541,000 329,000 315,000

Apr 2017(p)

6,044,000 5,051,000 4,973,000 5,464,000 4,718,000 4,643,000 580,000 333,000 331,000
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary.

From March 2017 to April 2017, the number of job openings increased by 259,000, with 220,000 openings in the private sector and 39,000 in government.

The number of hires fell by 253,000 over the month, down 257,000 in the private sector and little changed in government.

The number of total separations edged down to 5.0 million in April, a decline of 225,000 over the month. Total separations decreased in the private sector by 239,000 and changed little in government.

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 — April 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: April 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, Job openings rose to 6.0 million in April 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/job-openings-rose-to-6-point-0-million-in-april-2017.htm (visited September 15, 2019).

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