Job openings rate was 3.8 percent in December 2017

February 09, 2018

There were 5.8 million job openings on the last business day of December 2017, and the job openings rate was 3.8 percent. The job openings rate was highest in the accommodation and food services industry (5.5 percent) and in health care and social assistance (5.1 percent).

 

 

Job openings rates by industry, December 2017
Industry Job openings rate

Total

3.8%

Accommodation and food services

5.5

Health care and social assistance

5.1

Professional and business services

4.4

Retail trade

4.3

Finance and insurance

4.1

Information

4.0

Other services

3.7

Real estate and rental and leasing

3.5

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

3.5

Wholesale trade

3.4

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities

3.0

Federal government

2.9

Mining and logging

2.8

Manufacturing

2.8

State and local government, excluding education

2.8

Construction

2.2

Educational services

2.0

State and local government education

1.6

Industries with job openings rates below the overall average in December include state and local government education (1.6 percent), private educational services (2.0 percent), and construction (2.2 percent).

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 — December 2017" (HTML) (PDF). Also see more charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations. The job openings rate is the number of job openings on the last business day of the month as a percent of total employment plus job openings.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings rate was 3.8 percent in December 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/job-openings-rate-was-3-point-8-percent-in-december-2017.htm (visited May 22, 2018).

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