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Unemployed people per job opening increased in 10 states and the District of Columbia in May 2022

July 27, 2022

The number of unemployed people per job opening increased in 10 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 6 states, and was unchanged in 34 states on the last business day of May 2022. Nationally, the ratio of unemployed people per job opening was unchanged from April 2022 to May 2022 at 0.5.

Number of unemployed people per job opening by state, May 2019 to May 2022
State May 2019 Jun 2019 Jul 2019 Aug 2019 Sep 2019 Oct 2019 Nov 2019 Dec 2019 Jan 2020 Feb 2020 Mar 2020 Apr 2020 May 2020 Jun 2020 Jul 2020

Alabama

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 1.0 4.6 2.6 2.4 1.7

Alaska

0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9 2.9 6.9 4.9 2.3

Arizona

0.9 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.2 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.3 3.9 2.9 2.4 2.1

Arkansas

0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 1.3 2.8 2.6 2.3 1.7

California

1.0 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.6 6.5 5.2 4.3 3.6

Colorado

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 1.4 3.5 3.6 3.6 1.8

Connecticut

1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 4.2 3.7 3.8

Delaware

0.8 0.9 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.8 1.2 3.4 3.5 2.8 1.7

District of Columbia

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.8 1.5 1.7 1.2 0.9

Florida

0.8 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 1.2 4.6 4.6 3.4 3.3

Georgia

0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 1.2 3.9 2.3 1.8 1.5

Hawaii

0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.7 10.3 6.0 5.8 4.3

Idaho

0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 3.0 2.3 2.0 1.5

Illinois

1.0 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 1.4 6.8 4.8 3.8 2.9

Indiana

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.9 0.7 0.8 0.9 5.9 3.2 2.6 1.9

Iowa

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.8 3.6 2.5 1.8 1.4

Kansas

0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.9 3.4 2.5 1.9 1.5

Kentucky

1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.9 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.9 4.7 2.9 0.9 1.1

Louisiana

1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.1 2.0 4.3 2.9 2.7 2.3

Maine

0.5 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 2.5 2.8 1.9 1.7

Maryland

0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.8 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.9 1.2 2.9 2.6 2.0 1.6

Massachusetts

0.7 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.8 5.3 5.2 3.9 3.2

Michigan

0.9 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.9 1.0 0.9 0.9 1.2 10.6 7.3 3.4 2.8

Minnesota

0.6 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.2 3.1 3.7 2.7 1.9

Mississippi

1.2 1.3 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.9 4.9 2.7 2.1 1.7

Missouri

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.8 1.0 3.6 2.6 1.9 1.5

Montana

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 3.3 2.3 2.1 1.5

Nebraska

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 1.1 2.1 2.0 1.3 0.9

Nevada

0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 1.0 2.0 10.2 6.8 4.1 3.6

New Hampshire

0.6 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 4.5 3.2 2.4 2.1

New Jersey

0.8 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.9 4.7 4.6 3.5 3.6

New Mexico

1.0 1.0 0.9 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.5 2.4 2.6 2.5 2.6

New York

0.9 0.9 1.0 0.8 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.1 5.7 5.2 4.0 3.1

North Carolina

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 1.0 4.1 2.9 2.2 1.8

North Dakota

0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.5 2.2 1.6 1.6 1.4

Ohio

0.8 0.9 0.8 1.0 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.4 4.8 3.1 2.4 2.3

Oklahoma

0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.8 2.9 2.1 1.9 1.5

Oregon

0.8 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.8 3.8 3.6 2.7 2.2

Pennsylvania

0.9 1.0 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.5 5.1 4.0 3.0 2.7

Rhode Island

0.8 0.8 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 1.0 6.3 4.4 3.0 3.5

South Carolina

0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 3.3 2.2 1.7 1.6

South Dakota

0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.7 2.4 2.7 1.6 1.2

Tennessee

0.8 0.8 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 1.0 0.9 0.7 0.8 4.9 2.8 2.2 1.9

Texas

0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 1.0 0.9 0.9 1.7 5.8 4.2 3.2 3.1

Utah

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6 2.3 1.7 1.6 1.4

Vermont

0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.7 4.0 2.5 2.0 2.7

Virginia

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.6 3.3 2.7 1.9 1.7

Washington

1.1 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 1.0 1.6 7.8 4.5 3.6 3.5

West Virginia

0.9 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.9 1.1 3.5 2.6 2.0 1.5

Wisconsin

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7 4.1 2.8 2.2 1.4

Wyoming

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 1.0 1.1 3.7 3.5 1.8
 Number of unemployed people per job opening by state, May 2019 to May 2022, continued
State Aug 2020 Sep 2020 Oct 2020 Nov 2020 Dec 2020 Jan 2021 Feb 2021 Mar 2021 Apr 2021 May 2021 Jun 2021 Jul 2021 Aug 2021 Sep 2021 Oct 2021

Alabama

1.4 1.4 1.2 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5

Alaska

1.4 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.5 0.4 0.6

Arizona

1.7 1.6 1.4 1.5 1.3 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6

Arkansas

1.5 1.4 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5

California

3.5 2.9 2.5 2.4 2.5 2.3 2.1 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.0

Colorado

1.9 1.9 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7

Connecticut

3.2 2.9 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.1 1.8 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1

Delaware

1.7 1.8 1.1 1.3 1.3 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.9 1.0 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.8

District of Columbia

1.1 1.3 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.6

Florida

2.4 2.2 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.4 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.5

Georgia

1.3 1.3 1.2 1.1 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4

Hawaii

4.9 5.2 2.3 2.2 2.1 2.0 1.6 1.4 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.5

Idaho

1.3 1.2 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.5

Illinois

2.8 2.5 2.0 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8

Indiana

1.7 1.4 1.2 1.1 1.1 0.9 1.0 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4

Iowa

1.4 1.2 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6

Kansas

1.3 1.3 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.4

Kentucky

1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6

Louisiana

1.9 2.0 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6

Maine

1.2 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7

Maryland

1.7 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.5 1.2 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.8 1.0 0.9 1.0 0.9 0.8

Massachusetts

2.9 2.7 2.2 2.0 2.0 1.7 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

Michigan

2.2 2.1 1.9 1.6 1.5 1.1 1.0 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7

Minnesota

1.9 1.8 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4

Mississippi

1.4 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7

Missouri

1.7 1.6 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.1 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5

Montana

1.3 1.1 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4

Nebraska

0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3

Nevada

3.6 2.9 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.0 1.8 1.5 1.4 1.1 1.0 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7

New Hampshire

1.7 1.5 1.2 1.2 1.1 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.5

New Jersey

3.8 2.0 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.4 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9

New Mexico

2.3 2.0 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.0 1.1 0.9 0.8

New York

3.1 3.1 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.0 1.8 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0

North Carolina

1.7 1.3 1.1 1.2 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.6

North Dakota

1.3 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Ohio

2.0 1.9 1.6 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6

Oklahoma

1.3 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.4

Oregon

1.8 1.6 1.5 1.3 1.5 1.4 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.6

Pennsylvania

2.5 2.2 1.9 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.9

Rhode Island

3.1 3.1 1.5 1.8 1.8 1.5 1.3 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.0 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.8

South Carolina

1.3 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5

South Dakota

1.1 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4

Tennessee

1.7 1.6 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5

Texas

2.3 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.8

Utah

1.2 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3

Vermont

1.3 1.0 0.8 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4

Virginia

1.4 1.5 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5

Washington

2.8 2.6 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.9 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8

West Virginia

1.4 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.8 1.0 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6

Wisconsin

1.6 1.4 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5

Wyoming

1.3 1.3 1.0 1.0 0.9 1.0 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.4 0.5
Number of unemployed people per job opening by state, May 2019 to May 2022, continued
State Nov 2021 Dec 2021 Jan 2022 Feb 2022 Mar 2022 Apr 2022 May 2022

Alabama

0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4

Alaska

0.6 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.6

Arizona

0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6

Arkansas

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4

California

0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7

Colorado

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5

Connecticut

0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.8 0.7

Delaware

0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7

District of Columbia

0.5 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5

Florida

0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.5

Georgia

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Hawaii

0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6

Idaho

0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Illinois

0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7

Indiana

0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

Iowa

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4

Kansas

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.4

Kentucky

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.5

Louisiana

0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5

Maine

0.7 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4

Maryland

0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.6

Massachusetts

0.6 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4

Michigan

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6

Minnesota

0.5 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3

Mississippi

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6

Missouri

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4

Montana

0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

Nebraska

0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3

Nevada

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7

New Hampshire

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

New Jersey

0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6

New Mexico

0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7

New York

0.8 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.8

North Carolina

0.6 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4

North Dakota

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3

Ohio

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5

Oklahoma

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.4

Oregon

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.6

Pennsylvania

0.9 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.6 0.7 0.6

Rhode Island

0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.4

South Carolina

0.5 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

South Dakota

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3

Tennessee

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Texas

0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6

Utah

0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

Vermont

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3

Virginia

0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Washington

0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

West Virginia

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5

Wisconsin

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Wyoming

0.5 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

New York had the highest ratio of unemployed people per job opening in May at 0.8, up from 0.7 a month earlier.  Nine states shared the lowest ratio of 0.3, followed by 17 states at 0.4. All 50 states and the District had ratios less than 1.0 in May.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. For more information, see State Job Openings and Labor Turnover — May 2022 and charts featuring state labor turnover data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployed people per job opening increased in 10 states and the District of Columbia in May 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/unemployed-people-per-job-opening-increased-in-10-states-and-dc-in-may-2022.htm (visited September 26, 2022).

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