The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program produces data on job openings, hires, and separations.

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Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey

September 09, 2008

There were 3.4 million job openings in the U.S. on the last day of July 2008. The job openings rate (2.4 percent) and total separations rate (3.1 percent) were essentially unchanged from June, while the hires rate (3.0 percent) fell slightly. More...


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JOLTS Special Notices

  • With the release of January 2007 data on March 13, BLS revised the job openings, hires, and separations data to incorporate the annual updates to the Current Employment Statistics employment estimates and the JOLTS seasonal adjustment factors. Unadjusted data since April 2005 and seasonally adjusted data since December 2000 were subject to revision. Additionally, with the March 13 release, BLS updated the annual rates and levels for hires and separations and issued new annual rates and levels for 2006.
  • Also with the release of January 2007 data on March 13, three new industries are included in the seasonally adjusted tables. The new industries are: retail trade; accommodation and food services; and state and local government. The complete list of seasonally adjusted industries are available here:
  • JOLTS data are based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
  • The production of SIC-based estimates was discontinued. Historical SIC-based estimates are available for December 2000 through April 2003. Please contact the JOLTS staff for this information.


Other BLS Programs

  • Business Employment Dynamics—quarterly data series of job gains and job losses statistics, generated from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program.
  • Current Employment Statistics (National)— monthly national data by detailed industry on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on the payrolls of nonfarm establishments.
  • Current Population Survey— monthly data on the labor force, employment, unemployment and persons not in the labor force. It also provides monthly data on job losers and job leavers and biennial data on displaced workers.
  • Mass Layoff Statistics— reports on mass layoff actions that result in workers being separated from their jobs.

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  • CareerOneStop— a source of helpful job search information.
  • America's Career InfoNet (ACINet)— helps people make more informed career decisions. America's Career InfoNet is ideal for job seekers, employers, human resource specialists and workforce development specialists.


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For additional information concerning the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), contact a JOLTS staff member at:

  • Email: Contact JOLTS staff by email
  • Telephone number: (202) 691-5870
  • Fax number: (202) 691-6645
  • Postal address:
    Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics
    Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Suite 4840
    2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC 20212-0001

Survey participants who need assistance in completing their monthly report, call 1-800-341-4620.