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Job openings rates 7.7 percent in Alaska and Virginia in March 2023

May 30, 2023

Alaska and Virginia each had job openings rates of 7.7 percent in March 2023. Job openings rates were 7.1 percent or higher in five other states: South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Among these states, the number of job openings ranged from 27,000 in Alaska to 395,000 in Georgia.

Job openings rates and number of job openings by state, total nonfarm, March 2023, seasonally adjusted
State Job openings rate Job openings

United States, total

5.8 9,590,000

Alaska

7.7 27,000

Virginia

7.7 347,000

South Carolina

7.6 189,000

Georgia

7.5 395,000

Louisiana

7.3 153,000

West Virginia

7.2 54,000

North Carolina

7.1 372,000

Delaware

6.9 36,000

Tennessee

6.9 245,000

Massachusetts

6.8 273,000

Kentucky

6.7 144,000

Florida

6.5 671,000

Maine

6.5 45,000

Montana

6.5 36,000

New Hampshire

6.5 49,000

Oklahoma

6.5 121,000

Wyoming

6.5 20,000

New Mexico

6.4 59,000

Colorado

6.3 194,000

Mississippi

6.3 79,000

North Dakota

6.3 29,000

Alabama

6.2 141,000

Arkansas

6.2 89,000

Idaho

6.2 56,000

Pennsylvania

6.1 398,000

Vermont

6.1 20,000

Rhode Island

6.0 32,000

Arizona

5.9 197,000

Connecticut

5.8 104,000

District of Columbia

5.7 47,000

Maryland

5.7 165,000

Minnesota

5.7 179,000

Ohio

5.7 339,000

Oregon

5.7 120,000

Texas

5.7 829,000

Illinois

5.6 360,000

Utah

5.6 102,000

South Dakota

5.5 27,000

Nevada

5.4 88,000

New Jersey

5.4 246,000

Wisconsin

5.4 171,000

Michigan

5.3 247,000

Missouri

5.2 164,000

Iowa

5.1 86,000

Nebraska

5.1 56,000

Indiana

5.0 171,000

California

4.8 911,000

Hawaii

4.8 32,000

Washington

4.7 178,000

Kansas

4.6 70,000

New York

4.2 430,000

Note: Data are preliminary.

Job openings rates were below 5.0 percent in 5 states: California, Hawaii, Washington, Kansas, and New York. The number of job openings in these states ranged from 32,000 in Hawaii to 911,000 in California.

In March 2023, job openings rates decreased in 15 states, increased in 1 state and the District of Columbia, and were little changed in 34 states. The increases occurred in the District of Columbia (+0.9 percentage point) and Florida (+0.5 point). The largest decreases in job openings rates occurred in Colorado, Kansas, and Maryland (−1.4 percentage points each). Over the month, the national job openings rate was little changed.

The number of job openings decreased in 18 states, increased in 4 states and the District of Columbia, and was little changed in 28 states in March. The largest increases occurred in Florida (+55,000), Ohio (+23,000), and Massachusetts (+17,000). The largest decreases in the job openings level occurred in California (−74,000) and Texas (−52,000), as well as in Colorado and Illinois (−48,000 each). Nationally, the number of job openings decreased over the month (−384,000).

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

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings rates 7.7 percent in Alaska and Virginia in March 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/job-openings-rates-7-7-percent-in-alaska-and-virginia-in-march-2023.htm (visited June 22, 2024).

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