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Job openings down in 4 states, up in 3, in December 2023

February 28, 2024

From November 2023 to December 2023, job openings rates decreased in 4 states, increased in 3 states, and were little changed in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Michigan, South Carolina, and West Virginia tied for the highest job openings rate (6.8 percent), while Washington (4.0 percent), Hawaii (4.1 percent), and Indiana (4.3 percent) had the lowest job openings rates. 

Job openings rates and number of job openings by state, total nonfarm, December 2023

Job openings rates and number of job openings by state, total nonfarm, December 2023
State Job openings rate Job openings level

Alabama

5.8 133,000

Alaska

6.5 23,000

Arizona

4.9 163,000

Arkansas

5.7 82,000

California

4.4 830,000

Colorado

6.6 207,000

Connecticut

5.3 94,000

Delaware

6.0 31,000

District of Columbia

5.2 43,000

Florida

5.1 535,000

Georgia

5.9 313,000

Hawaii

4.1 27,000

Idaho

5.2 47,000

Illinois

5.7 370,000

Indiana

4.3 149,000

Iowa

5.3 89,000

Kansas

5.6 86,000

Kentucky

5.5 118,000

Louisiana

6.3 132,000

Maine

5.2 36,000

Maryland

6.0 177,000

Massachusetts

5.8 234,000

Michigan

6.8 326,000

Minnesota

6.5 210,000

Mississippi

6.3 79,000

Missouri

5.1 162,000

Montana

5.9 33,000

Nebraska

5.3 59,000

Nevada

4.7 78,000

New Hampshire

5.2 39,000

New Jersey

4.8 221,000

New Mexico

5.8 54,000

New York

4.6 472,000

North Carolina

5.6 295,000

North Dakota

5.4 25,000

Ohio

5.5 330,000

Oklahoma

6.0 111,000

Oregon

4.5 94,000

Pennsylvania

5.9 388,000

Rhode Island

6.0 32,000

South Carolina

6.8 170,000

South Dakota

5.6 28,000

Tennessee

6.1 214,000

Texas

6.0 902,000

Utah

4.7 85,000

Vermont

5.3 17,000

Virginia

6.2 275,000

Washington

4.0 152,000

West Virginia

6.8 52,000

Wisconsin

5.8 185,000

Wyoming

5.7 18,000

Note: Data are seasonally adjusted

Texas had the most job openings (902,000), followed by California (830,000) and Florida (535,000).

Decreases in job openings rates occurred in Maine (−1.1 percentage points) and North Dakota (−0.8 point), as well as in Illinois and Wisconsin (−0.6 point each). The increases occurred in Michigan (+1.2 points), Louisiana (+0.7 point), and California (+0.4 point).

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

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings down in 4 states, up in 3, in December 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2024/job-openings-down-in-4-states-up-in-3-in-december-2023.htm (visited April 22, 2024).

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