The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program produces data on job openings, hires, and separations.
JOLTS Data by Establishment Size
JOLTS staff are conducting research on the development of data by size class, and have produced a research series of size class estimates stretching back to December of 2000, when the JOLTS series began. These experimental size class estimates are now available upon request. These data are based on size of establishment and cover only the total private sector. This experimental series will be updated periodically, as resources permit. To obtain these data, please contact us by e-mail or (202) 691-5870. For information regarding the methodology used to develop the size class data please view our size class methodology.
Next Release: June 11, 2013
Job Openings and Labor Turnover data for April 2013 are scheduled to be released June 11, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey
May 07, 2013
There were 3.8 million job openings on the last business day of March, little changed from February. The hires rate (3.2 percent) and the separations rate (3.1 percent) were also little changed in March.
- Katherine Bauer "Analysis of JOLTS Research Estimates by Size of Firm"
- Guy L. Podgornik "Job openings and hires continue to show modest changes in 2011"
- Katherine Bauer Klemmer and Robert Lazaneo "Job openings and hires show little postrecession improvement"
- Caryn N. Bruyere, Guy L. Podgornik, and James R. Spletzer "Employment dynamics over the last decade"
- Mark deWolf and Katherine Klemmer "Job openings, hires, and separations fall during the recession"
- Katherine Klemmer “Job availability during a recession: an examination of the number of unemployed persons per job opening”
- Katherine Klemmer “Job openings and hires decline in 2008”
- Zhi Boon “Job openings, hires, and turnover decrease in 2007”
- Zhi Boon, Charles M. Carson, R. Jason Faberman, and Randy E. Ilg, “Studying the labor market using BLS labor dynamics data”
- Brady Stephens and Kim Riley, “Developing Annual Estimates of Hires and Separations”
- John Wohlford, Mary Anne Phillips, Richard Clayton, and George Werking, “Reconciling Labor Turnover and Employment Statistics”
- Kelly A. Clark and Mary Anne Phillips, “A Comparison of Job Openings Surveys: Concepts and Survey Design”
- Kelly A. Clark, “What an Indicator of Labor Demand Means for U.S. Labor Market Analysis: Initial Results from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey”
- Kelly A. Clark, Mary Anne Phillips, and Brady Stephens, “The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey: Preparing to Publish Data for a New Survey”
- Kelly A. Clark and Rosemary Hyson, “New tools for labor market analysis: JOLTS” (PDF 41K)
- Mark Crankshaw and George Stamas, “Sample Design in the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey”
- Charlotte Mueller and John Wohlford, “Developing a New Business Survey: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics”
- Mary Anne Phillips and Charlotte Mueller, “The Genesis of an Establishment Survey: Research and Development for the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey at the BLS”
- JOLTS Basic (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview) Form (PDF 24K)
- JOLTS Temporary Help/Professional Employer Organization Industry (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview) Form (PDF 23K)
- JOLTS Education Industry (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview) Form (PDF 23K)
Effective with the March 12, 2013 release, revisions to data from January 2008 forward incorporate annual updates to the Current Employment Statistics employment estimates and the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey seasonal adjustment factors. See page 4 of the release for more information on the revisions. Tables showing the revisions from 2008 through 2012 can be found using this link: http://www.bls.gov/jlt/revisiontables.htm.
August 2011 estimates of hires, separations, and job openings originally published on October 12, 2011, had not been adjusted to account for a strike in the information industry. With the September release, August estimates reflect both regular revisions and corrections. For further assistance, see www.bls.gov/bls/errata/jolts_corrections_11082011.htm.
With the release of January 2009 data on March 10, 2009, BLS implemented improvements to the methodology used to generate estimates of hires, separations, and job openings from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program. These changes were designed to improve the measurement of hires, separations, and openings and to more closely align the hires and separations estimates with monthly employment change as measured by the BLS Current Employment Statistics (establishment) survey. All JOLTS historical series were revised to incorporate the new methods. For general information about the improvements in our methodology, please see (www.bls.gov/jlt/methodologyimprovement.htm).
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.
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
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001
Survey participants who need assistance in completing their monthly report, call 1-800-341-4620.
Latest Job Openings Level:
3,844,000(p) in Mar 2013
Latest Job Openings Rate:
2.8%(p) in Mar 2013
Latest Hires Rate:
3.2%(p) in Mar 2013
Latest Turnover Rate:
3.1%(p) in Mar 2013
Latest Quits Rate:
1.6%(p) in Mar 2013
Latest Layoffs/Discharges Rate:
1.3%(p) in Mar 2013
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