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0.3 unemployed per job opening in the Dakotas, 1.0 in New York and Washington, in February 2023

April 26, 2023

In February 2023, there were 5.9 million people classified as unemployed and 9.9 million job openings. This yielded a ratio of 0.6 unemployed people per job opening. In both North Dakota and South Dakota, the ratio of unemployed people to job openings was 0.3, indicating the number of unemployed people was roughly one third the number of job openings.

Number of unemployed people per job opening by state, February 2023, seasonally adjusted
State Unemployed people
per job opening
Unemployed people Job openings

Total United States

0.6 5,936,000 9,931,000

North Dakota

0.3 8,856 27,000

South Dakota

0.3 9,842 33,000

Alabama

0.4 56,166 148,000

Arkansas

0.4 43,670 106,000

Colorado

0.4 92,704 218,000

Georgia

0.4 162,897 421,000

Maine

0.4 18,841 46,000

Maryland

0.4 92,348 212,000

Missouri

0.4 79,689 196,000

Montana

0.4 13,775 37,000

Nebraska

0.4 24,704 65,000

South Carolina

0.4 76,043 175,000

Utah

0.4 42,302 98,000

Alaska

0.5 13,576 27,000

District of Columbia

0.5 18,157 40,000

Florida

0.5 284,361 611,000

Idaho

0.5 25,141 53,000

Iowa

0.5 50,083 102,000

Kansas

0.5 44,088 92,000

Louisiana

0.5 75,871 158,000

Massachusetts

0.5 137,140 258,000

Minnesota

0.5 91,023 187,000

Mississippi

0.5 46,510 85,000

New Hampshire

0.5 20,623 44,000

North Carolina

0.5 188,101 360,000

Oklahoma

0.5 57,608 123,000

Rhode Island

0.5 17,357 34,000

Tennessee

0.5 116,474 246,000

Vermont

0.5 9,831 20,000

Virginia

0.5 145,877 321,000

West Virginia

0.5 28,813 57,000

Wisconsin

0.5 82,956 174,000

Delaware

0.6 22,610 36,000

Indiana

0.6 106,121 175,000

Kentucky

0.6 79,762 135,000

New Jersey

0.6 168,835 268,000

New Mexico

0.6 34,444 59,000

Pennsylvania

0.6 283,410 458,000

Wyoming

0.6 11,117 18,000

Arizona

0.7 134,816 181,000

Hawaii

0.7 24,176 37,000

Illinois

0.7 289,854 407,000

Ohio

0.7 223,524 336,000

Texas

0.7 587,211 888,000

Connecticut

0.8 75,733 100,000

Michigan

0.8 207,045 258,000

Nevada

0.8 87,111 105,000

California

0.9 841,703 964,000

Oregon

0.9 103,216 121,000

New York

1.0 401,288 421,000

Washington

1.0 185,457 188,000

Note: Data are preliminary.

In 11 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, and South Carolina, and Utah) there were 0.4 unemployed person for every job opening.

There was 1.0 unemployed person per job opening in both New York and Washington, indicating each state's unemployment numbers roughly equaled its job openings numbers. There were an additional 5 states (Connecticut, Michigan, Nevada, California, and Oregon) with unemployed people to job openings ratios of 0.8 or higher.

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 — February 2023" and charts featuring state labor turnover data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 0.3 unemployed per job opening in the Dakotas, 1.0 in New York and Washington, in February 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/0-3-unemployed-per-job-opening-in-the-dakotas-1-0-in-new-york-and-washington-in-february-2023.htm (visited May 22, 2024).

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