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0.3 unemployed person per job opening in Maryland, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Vermont in July

September 26, 2023

In July 2023, there were a total of 5,841,000 unemployed people and 8,827,000 job openings in the United States, yielding a ratio of 0.7 unemployed person per job opening. The national job openings rate was 5.3 percent. Among the states, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Vermont each had 0.3 unemployed person per job opening. Job openings rates in these four states ranged from 5.5 percent in Vermont to 6.6 percent in New Hampshire.

Unemployed persons per job opening and job openings rate, by state, July 2023, seasonally adjusted
State Unemployed persons per job opening Job openings rate (percent) Number of job openings

United States, total

0.7 5.3 8,827,000

Maryland

0.3 5.8 169,000

New Hampshire

0.3 6.6 49,000

North Dakota

0.3 5.6 26,000

Vermont

0.3 5.5 18,000

Alabama

0.4 5.5 126,000

Arkansas

0.4 5.7 82,000

Maine

0.4 6.3 43,000

Massachusetts

0.4 6.0 242,000

Montana

0.4 6.2 34,000

Nebraska

0.4 5.0 55,000

South Dakota

0.4 5.1 25,000

Colorado

0.5 5.8 179,000

District of Columbia

0.5 5.1 42,000

Florida

0.5 5.3 552,000

Georgia

0.5 6.0 311,000

Idaho

0.5 6.1 55,000

Kansas

0.5 5.3 81,000

Minnesota

0.5 6.3 201,000

Mississippi

0.5 6.4 80,000

Missouri

0.5 5.3 167,000

Oklahoma

0.5 5.7 105,000

Rhode Island

0.5 5.7 30,000

South Carolina

0.5 6.8 167,000

Utah

0.5 5.1 93,000

Virginia

0.5 5.6 245,000

West Virginia

0.5 6.9 52,000

Wisconsin

0.5 5.2 164,000

Wyoming

0.5 5.8 18,000

Alaska

0.6 6.9 24,000

Delaware

0.6 6.4 33,000

Hawaii

0.6 4.6 31,000

Iowa

0.6 4.7 78,000

Louisiana

0.6 5.7 119,000

New Mexico

0.6 6.3 59,000

North Carolina

0.6 5.7 300,000

Ohio

0.6 5.4 321,000

Tennessee

0.6 5.4 190,000

Arizona

0.7 5.7 191,000

Connecticut

0.7 5.2 92,000

Illinois

0.7 5.4 348,000

Indiana

0.7 4.8 165,000

Kentucky

0.7 5.3 112,000

Oregon

0.7 5.1 108,000

Pennsylvania

0.7 5.2 340,000

Michigan

0.8 4.7 218,000

New Jersey

0.8 5.5 251,000

New York

0.8 4.5 456,000

Texas

0.8 5.1 745,000

Washington

0.8 4.7 181,000

California

0.9 5.0 962,000

Nevada

0.9 5.5 91,000

Note: These data are preliminary.

In California and Nevada, the numbers of unemployed people and job openings were closer to equal, yielding a ratio of 0.9 unemployed person per job opening in those two states.

In seven states the ratio of unemployed people to job openings was the same as for the nation as a whole (0.7 unemployed person per job opening): Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

Job openings rates in July 2023 ranged from as low as 4.5 percent in New York, 4.6 percent in Hawaii, and 4.7 percent in Iowa, Michigan, and Washington to as high as 6.8 percent in South Carolina and 6.9 percent in Alaska and West Virginia.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted and preliminary. For more information, see "State Job Openings and Labor Turnover — July 2023" and charts of state job openings and labor turnover data. The ratio of unemployed people per job openings shows tightness in the labor market. When the ratio equals 1.0, there is approximately one unemployed person per job opening. When less than 1.0, the labor market is tight, as job openings outnumber the unemployed. When greater than 1.0, there are more unemployed people than available jobs. The job openings rate is calculated by dividing the number of job openings by the sum of employment and job openings.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 0.3 unemployed person per job opening in Maryland, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Vermont in July at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/0-3-unemployed-person-per-job-opening-in-maryland-new-hampshire-north-dakota-and-vermont-in-july-2023.htm (visited December 08, 2023).

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