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Alaska and Georgia had the highest job openings rates in February 2022

April 26, 2022

Alaska had the highest job openings rate in February 2022, at 9.2 percent, followed by Georgia, at 8.8 percent. In February 2022, 27 states had a job openings rate greater than the national rate of 7.0 percent.

Job openings and labor turnover measures by state, February 2022

Job openings and labor turnover measures by state, February 2022
State Job openings Hires Total separations Quits Layoffs and discharges
Rate Level Rate Level Rate Level Rate Level Rate Level

United States

7.0% 11,266,000 4.4% 6,689,000 4.1% 6,092,000 2.9% 4,352,000 0.9% 1,386,000

Alabama

6.9 152,000 5.0 103,000 4.2 87,000 3.0 62,000 0.9 19,000

Alaska

9.2 32,000 6.3 20,000 7.0 22,000 5.1 16,000 1.6 5,000

Arizona

7.4 242,000 5.0 152,000 4.4 134,000 3.2 98,000 1.0 29,000

Arkansas

6.1 85,000 4.6 60,000 4.8 63,000 3.4 44,000 1.1 14,000

California

7.0 1,297,000 3.9 671,000 3.9 668,000 2.8 491,000 0.8 144,000

Colorado

6.9 210,000 5.2 147,000 4.8 137,000 3.4 95,000 1.2 33,000

Connecticut

6.2 109,000 3.8 62,000 3.6 59,000 2.3 38,000 1.0 16,000

Delaware

6.6 32,000 5.3 24,000 4.2 19,000 2.9 13,000 1.1 5,000

District of Columbia

5.3 43,000 3.3 25,000 3.4 26,000 2.2 17,000 0.9 7,000

Florida

6.9 688,000 4.7 433,000 4.3 395,000 3.3 304,000 0.8 70,000

Georgia

8.8 454,000 6.2 292,000 5.1 239,000 3.7 177,000 1.0 49,000

Hawaii

7.8 51,000 4.5 27,000 4.2 25,000 3.0 18,000 0.8 5,000

Idaho

7.6 67,000 6.1 50,000 4.7 38,000 3.3 27,000 1.1 9,000

Illinois

7.0 449,000 4.3 255,000 4.1 245,000 2.8 167,000 1.1 67,000

Indiana

6.5 219,000 4.2 132,000 4.3 136,000 3.4 109,000 0.8 24,000

Iowa

6.5 109,000 3.6 56,000 4.0 62,000 2.8 44,000 0.9 14,000

Kansas

6.1 90,000 3.2 44,000 4.0 56,000 2.8 39,000 1.0 14,000

Kentucky

7.6 160,000 4.9 96,000 4.7 91,000 3.4 66,000 1.0 20,000

Louisiana

7.4 152,000 5.0 95,000 4.3 82,000 3.0 57,000 1.0 19,000

Maine

7.0 48,000 4.4 28,000 3.8 24,000 2.4 15,000 0.9 6,000

Maryland

7.1 207,000 4.1 111,000 4.0 107,000 2.3 62,000 1.3 35,000

Massachusetts

7.3 286,000 3.8 138,000 3.3 118,000 2.3 82,000 0.8 28,000

Michigan

7.2 335,000 4.5 195,000 3.6 156,000 2.8 121,000 0.6 28,000

Minnesota

7.1 221,000 3.7 105,000 3.4 99,000 2.6 75,000 0.7 21,000

Mississippi

7.1 89,000 4.8 56,000 6.6 77,000 3.5 41,000 2.5 29,000

Missouri

7.1 222,000 3.4 98,000 4.1 119,000 2.9 85,000 1.0 29,000

Montana

8.0 44,000 5.7 29,000 5.5 28,000 4.0 20,000 1.2 6,000

Nebraska

6.1 67,000 3.5 36,000 4.1 42,000 3.0 31,000 0.9 9,000

Nevada

7.2 112,000 5.0 71,000 4.8 69,000 3.6 51,000 1.0 15,000

New Hampshire

7.8 57,000 4.7 32,000 5.0 34,000 3.0 20,000 1.2 8,000

New Jersey

6.5 290,000 3.9 163,000 3.7 154,000 2.4 101,000 0.9 39,000

New Mexico

7.6 69,000 5.0 42,000 3.9 33,000 2.7 23,000 0.8 7,000

New York

6.3 627,000 3.7 346,000 3.2 295,000 2.1 194,000 0.9 80,000

North Carolina

7.5 378,000 5.4 254,000 4.9 228,000 3.3 154,000 1.3 62,000

North Dakota

6.8 31,000 4.0 17,000 4.5 19,000 3.1 13,000 0.9 4,000

Ohio

7.0 409,000 3.8 206,000 4.2 227,000 3.3 177,000 0.7 36,000

Oklahoma

6.6 118,000 4.9 82,000 4.8 80,000 3.4 57,000 1.1 19,000

Oregon

7.5 156,000 4.8 92,000 4.2 82,000 3.0 58,000 1.0 19,000

Pennsylvania

6.1 382,000 4.3 251,000 3.2 188,000 2.1 122,000 0.8 50,000

Rhode Island

7.2 38,000 4.9 24,000 4.3 21,000 2.7 13,000 1.2 6,000

South Carolina

7.9 188,000 5.4 119,000 4.3 94,000 3.2 71,000 0.8 18,000

South Dakota

6.5 31,000 3.8 17,000 3.6 16,000 2.7 12,000 0.7 3,000

Tennessee

7.5 260,000 5.3 168,000 4.7 150,000 3.3 106,000 1.1 34,000

Texas

6.6 932,000 4.9 643,000 4.0 523,000 3.0 400,000 0.8 101,000

Utah

6.9 122,000 4.9 81,000 4.1 68,000 3.0 49,000 0.9 15,000

Vermont

8.0 26,000 5.0 15,000 4.3 13,000 3.0 9,000 1.0 3,000

Virginia

7.2 313,000 4.5 182,000 3.7 149,000 2.5 101,000 1.0 39,000

Washington

6.8 255,000 4.7 164,000 3.8 131,000 2.5 87,000 1.0 33,000

West Virginia

8.0 61,000 5.4 38,000 4.4 31,000 3.1 22,000 0.9 6,000

Wisconsin

7.3 231,000 4.1 120,000 4.0 116,000 2.9 86,000 0.9 26,000

Wyoming

7.7 24,000 6.0 17,000 5.6 16,000 3.9 11,000 1.4 4,000

In February 2022, Alaska also had the highest hires rate (6.3 percent), total separations rate (7.0 percent), and quits rate (5.1 percent). Mississippi had the highest layoffs and discharges rate, at 2.5 percent.

In February 2022, 31 states had a hires rate greater than the national rate of 4.4 percent, while 28 states had a total separations rate greater than the national rate of 4.1 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 "State Job Openings and Labor Turnover — February 2022." We also have more charts featuring data on state job openings, hires, and separations.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Alaska and Georgia had the highest job openings rates in February 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/alaska-and-georgia-had-the-highest-job-openings-rates-in-february-2022.htm (visited September 26, 2022).

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