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New York had the lowest job openings rate in January 2023

April 03, 2023

New York had the lowest job openings rate in January 2023, at 4.5 percent. An additional three states and the District of Columbia had job openings rates under 6.0 percent: District of Columbia (5.5 percent), Connecticut (5.5 percent), California (5.6 percent), and North Dakota (5.7 percent).

Job openings rates by state, January 2023
State Job openings rate, January 2022 Job openings rate, January 2023 12-month change

United States

7.1% 6.5% -0.6 percentage point(s)

Alabama

6.8 7.0 0.2

Alaska

9.4 8.4 -1.0

Arizona

7.2 6.7 -0.5

Arkansas

6.6 7.4 0.8

California

6.3 5.6 -0.7

Colorado

7.7 6.8 -0.9

Connecticut

6.2 5.5 -0.7

Delaware

7.4 6.8 -0.6

District of Columbia

5.6 5.5 -0.1

Florida

7.1 6.8 -0.3

Georgia

7.7 8.2 0.5

Hawaii

7.4 6.1 -1.3

Idaho

7.2 6.4 -0.8

Illinois

7.5 7.1 -0.4

Indiana

7.5 6.0 -1.5

Iowa

7.3 6.1 -1.2

Kansas

6.5 6.4 -0.1

Kentucky

7.6 7.3 -0.3

Louisiana

7.0 8.4 1.4

Maine

7.9 6.1 -1.8

Maryland

7.3 7.0 -0.3

Massachusetts

7.0 7.2 0.2

Michigan

7.7 6.2 -1.5

Minnesota

8.3 6.7 -1.6

Mississippi

6.8 7.2 0.4

Missouri

7.3 6.6 -0.7

Montana

8.2 7.7 -0.5

Nebraska

7.7 6.7 -1.0

Nevada

7.3 6.9 -0.4

New Hampshire

8.3 7.4 -0.9

New Jersey

6.8 6.1 -0.7

New Mexico

7.4 6.8 -0.6

New York

6.0 4.5 -1.5

North Carolina

7.0 6.7 -0.3

North Dakota

7.4 5.7 -1.7

Ohio

6.7 6.5 -0.2

Oklahoma

6.7 7.4 0.7

Oregon

7.3 6.6 -0.7

Pennsylvania

8.0 7.1 -0.9

Rhode Island

7.4 7.1 -0.3

South Carolina

7.7 7.3 -0.4

South Dakota

7.7 7.5 -0.2

Tennessee

7.5 6.8 -0.7

Texas

6.7 6.4 -0.3

Utah

7.0 6.2 -0.8

Vermont

7.4 7.5 0.1

Virginia

7.2 7.5 0.3

Washington

6.0 6.5 0.5

West Virginia

7.6 9.2 1.6

Wisconsin

7.5 7.2 -0.3

Wyoming

7.8 7.1 -0.7

West Virginia had the highest job openings rate in January 2023, at 9.2 percent, followed by Alaska (8.4 percent), Louisiana (8.4 percent), and Georgia (8.2 percent). In January 2023, 34 states had a job openings rate above the national rate of 6.5 percent.

The national job openings rate fell from 7.1 percent in January 2022 to 6.5 percent in January 2023. Over the year, 11 states had an increase in the job openings rate, with the largest occurring in West Virginia (1.6 percentage points). Maine experienced a drop of 1.8 percentage points in the job openings rate, going from 7.9 percent in January 2022 to 6.1 percent in January 2023.

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

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, New York had the lowest job openings rate in January 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/new-york-had-the-lowest-job-openings-rate-in-january-2023.htm (visited June 25, 2024).

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