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Job openings at 11.4 million in April 2022

June 06, 2022

The number of job openings decreased to 11.4 million on the last business day of April 2022. Hires and total separations were little changed at 6.6 million and 6.0 million, respectively. Within total separations, quits were little changed at 4.4 million, while layoffs and discharges edged down to 1.2 million, their lowest level since December 2000.

 Total nonfarm job openings, hires, and separations levels, seasonally adjusted
Month Job openings Hires Total separations

Apr 2012

3,793,000 4,389,000 4,333,000

May 2012

3,835,000 4,533,000 4,437,000

Jun 2012

3,911,000 4,440,000 4,382,000

Jul 2012

3,735,000 4,327,000 4,151,000

Aug 2012

3,809,000 4,450,000 4,318,000

Sep 2012

3,882,000 4,302,000 4,092,000

Oct 2012

3,775,000 4,389,000 4,261,000

Nov 2012

3,878,000 4,489,000 4,347,000

Dec 2012

3,970,000 4,452,000 4,118,000

Jan 2013

3,923,000 4,487,000 4,347,000

Feb 2013

4,004,000 4,571,000 4,293,000

Mar 2013

4,076,000 4,369,000 4,241,000

Apr 2013

3,988,000 4,572,000 4,422,000

May 2013

4,145,000 4,663,000 4,442,000

Jun 2013

4,150,000 4,440,000 4,307,000

Jul 2013

3,885,000 4,561,000 4,421,000

Aug 2013

4,085,000 4,730,000 4,493,000

Sep 2013

4,128,000 4,726,000 4,519,000

Oct 2013

4,222,000 4,518,000 4,350,000

Nov 2013

4,119,000 4,622,000 4,367,000

Dec 2013

4,121,000 4,614,000 4,392,000

Jan 2014

4,127,000 4,626,000 4,435,000

Feb 2014

4,373,000 4,696,000 4,549,000

Mar 2014

4,388,000 4,763,000 4,518,000

Apr 2014

4,566,000 4,880,000 4,597,000

May 2014

4,747,000 4,808,000 4,572,000

Jun 2014

4,982,000 4,925,000 4,612,000

Jul 2014

4,846,000 5,008,000 4,748,000

Aug 2014

5,349,000 4,810,000 4,623,000

Sep 2014

4,914,000 5,149,000 4,855,000

Oct 2014

5,012,000 5,111,000 4,937,000

Nov 2014

4,843,000 4,978,000 4,682,000

Dec 2014

5,130,000 5,192,000 4,827,000

Jan 2015

5,344,000 5,061,000 4,886,000

Feb 2015

5,466,000 5,127,000 4,869,000

Mar 2015

5,210,000 5,126,000 5,102,000

Apr 2015

5,598,000 5,196,000 4,944,000

May 2015

5,563,000 5,142,000 4,825,000

Jun 2015

5,248,000 5,125,000 4,978,000

Jul 2015

6,056,000 5,150,000 4,848,000

Aug 2015

5,467,000 5,163,000 5,032,000

Sep 2015

5,488,000 5,287,000 5,110,000

Oct 2015

5,773,000 5,338,000 5,032,000

Nov 2015

5,708,000 5,358,000 5,089,000

Dec 2015

5,845,000 5,540,000 5,225,000

Jan 2016

6,012,000 5,220,000 5,099,000

Feb 2016

5,770,000 5,470,000 5,265,000

Mar 2016

6,129,000 5,359,000 5,133,000

Apr 2016

5,803,000 5,294,000 5,110,000

May 2016

5,777,000 5,197,000 5,176,000

Jun 2016

5,742,000 5,281,000 5,118,000

Jul 2016

5,962,000 5,426,000 5,065,000

Aug 2016

5,677,000 5,327,000 5,204,000

Sep 2016

5,868,000 5,306,000 4,985,000

Oct 2016

5,591,000 5,210,000 5,125,000

Nov 2016

5,971,000 5,308,000 5,139,000

Dec 2016

5,964,000 5,343,000 5,071,000

Jan 2017

5,617,000 5,499,000 5,320,000

Feb 2017

5,923,000 5,350,000 5,176,000

Mar 2017

5,811,000 5,395,000 5,280,000

Apr 2017

6,091,000 5,272,000 5,091,000

May 2017

5,826,000 5,477,000 5,270,000

Jun 2017

6,305,000 5,635,000 5,463,000

Jul 2017

6,238,000 5,497,000 5,338,000

Aug 2017

6,276,000 5,519,000 5,334,000

Sep 2017

6,320,000 5,450,000 5,289,000

Oct 2017

6,408,000 5,581,000 5,397,000

Nov 2017

6,271,000 5,494,000 5,283,000

Dec 2017

6,336,000 5,421,000 5,249,000

Jan 2018

6,589,000 5,480,000 5,358,000

Feb 2018

6,578,000 5,644,000 5,307,000

Mar 2018

6,818,000 5,641,000 5,484,000

Apr 2018

6,903,000 5,599,000 5,439,000

May 2018

6,996,000 5,845,000 5,477,000

Jun 2018

7,237,000 5,763,000 5,559,000

Jul 2018

7,196,000 5,676,000 5,595,000

Aug 2018

7,211,000 5,803,000 5,540,000

Sep 2018

7,340,000 5,601,000 5,522,000

Oct 2018

7,365,000 5,867,000 5,641,000

Nov 2018

7,558,000 5,833,000 5,777,000

Dec 2018

7,435,000 5,754,000 5,546,000

Jan 2019

7,473,000 5,778,000 5,600,000

Feb 2019

7,058,000 5,684,000 5,694,000

Mar 2019

7,320,000 5,706,000 5,558,000

Apr 2019

7,224,000 6,010,000 5,773,000

May 2019

7,295,000 5,704,000 5,523,000

Jun 2019

7,147,000 5,769,000 5,570,000

Jul 2019

7,080,000 5,928,000 5,818,000

Aug 2019

7,142,000 5,862,000 5,653,000

Sep 2019

7,100,000 5,954,000 5,750,000

Oct 2019

7,417,000 5,779,000 5,634,000

Nov 2019

6,896,000 5,845,000 5,670,000

Dec 2019

6,741,000 5,941,000 5,786,000

Jan 2020

7,161,000 6,005,000 5,769,000

Feb 2020

7,006,000 6,025,000 5,738,000

Mar 2020

5,919,000 5,222,000 16,336,000

Apr 2020

4,709,000 4,031,000 11,590,000

May 2020

5,441,000 8,145,000 4,732,000

Jun 2020

6,039,000 7,438,000 5,182,000

Jul 2020

6,621,000 6,188,000 5,179,000

Aug 2020

6,315,000 5,998,000 4,833,000

Sep 2020

6,494,000 5,898,000 5,052,000

Oct 2020

6,874,000 6,105,000 5,331,000

Nov 2020

6,844,000 5,885,000 5,677,000

Dec 2020

6,938,000 5,660,000 5,634,000

Jan 2021

7,232,000 5,719,000 5,172,000

Feb 2021

7,860,000 6,028,000 5,400,000

Mar 2021

8,480,000 6,208,000 5,540,000

Apr 2021

9,265,000 6,121,000 5,753,000

May 2021

9,639,000 6,092,000 5,513,000

Jun 2021

9,852,000 6,414,000 5,793,000

Jul 2021

10,783,000 6,556,000 5,874,000

Aug 2021

10,629,000 6,362,000 5,913,000

Sep 2021

10,673,000 6,504,000 6,008,000

Oct 2021

11,094,000 6,460,000 5,852,000

Nov 2021

10,922,000 6,705,000 6,197,000

Dec 2021

11,448,000 6,450,000 6,042,000

Jan 2022

11,283,000 6,426,000 6,044,000

Feb 2022

11,344,000 6,832,000 6,082,000

Mar 2022

11,855,000 6,645,000 6,248,000

Apr 2022

11,400,000 6,586,000 6,033,000

On the last business day of April, the number of job openings decreased by 455,000. The largest decreases in job openings were in health care and social assistance (−266,000), retail trade (−162,000), and accommodation and food services (−113,000). The largest increases were in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (97,000); nondurable goods manufacturing (67,000); and durable goods manufacturing (53,000).

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Job openings data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — April 2022." We also have more charts showing job openings, hires, and separations data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings at 11.4 million in April 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/job-openings-at-11-4-million-in-april-2022.htm (visited August 15, 2022).

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