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Trade, transportation, and utilities had 1.47 million job openings in January 2019

March 25, 2019

The number of job openings was little changed at 7.6 million on the last business day of January 2019. Hires (5.8 million) and separations (5.6 million) were also little changed over the month. Among major industries, trade, transportation, and utilities had the most job openings (1.47 million), followed by education and health services (1.39 million).

Job openings, hires, and total separations by industry, January 2019, seasonally adjusted
Industry Job openings Hires Total separations


7,581,000 5,801,000 5,550,000

Mining and logging

40,000 38,000 33,000


302,000 428,000 391,000


452,000 356,000 342,000

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,471,000 1,126,000 1,097,000


165,000 81,000 87,000

Financial activities

459,000 191,000 180,000

Professional and business services

1,343,000 1,128,000 1,089,000

Education and health services

1,393,000 730,000 674,000

Leisure and hospitality

1,105,000 1,110,000 1,065,000

Other services

173,000 241,000 233,000

Federal government

122,000 36,000 33,000

State and local education

223,000 166,000 166,000

State and local, excluding education

333,000 170,000 161,000

Within professional and business services, there were 1.13 million hires in January 2019. Trade, transportation, and utilities had 1.13 million hires, while leisure and hospitality industries had 1.1 million hires.

In the federal government there were 122,000 job openings, 36,000 hires, and 33,000 separations in January 2019.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The data are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see Job Openings and Labor Turnover — January 2019. Also see more charts on hires, separations, and job openings.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Trade, transportation, and utilities had 1.47 million job openings in January 2019 at (visited June 23, 2024).

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