The number of job openings in the US increased by 401,000 to 5.397 million in May 2020 from an over five-year low in the previous month and compared to market consensus of 4.85 million, reflecting a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to contain it. By industry, the largest gains in openings were in accommodation and food services (+196,000), retail trade (+147,000), and construction (+118,000), while decreased in information (-55,000), federal government (-37,000), and educational services (-27,000). Meanwhile, the number of hires jumped by 2.4 million to a series high of 6.5 million, the largest monthly increase since the series began, while total separations decreased by a record 5.8 million to 4.1 million.

Job Offers in the United States averaged 4522.36 Thousand from 2000 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 7520 Thousand in January of 2019 and a record low of 2264 Thousand in July of 2009. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Job Openings - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Job Openings - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2020. source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Offers in the United States is expected to be 1900.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Job Offers in the United States to stand at 3200.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Job Openings is projected to trend around 3600.00 Thousand in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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United States Job Openings

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5397.00 4996.00 7520.00 2264.00 2000 - 2020 Thousand Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-04-07 02:00 PM Feb 6.882M 7.012M 6.6M 5.6M
2020-05-15 02:00 PM Mar 6.191M 7.004M 3.1M
2020-06-09 02:00 PM Apr 5.046M 6.011M 5M 5.3M
2020-07-07 02:00 PM May 5.397M 4.996M 4.85M 4.5M
2020-08-10 02:00 PM Jun 5.397M 4.9M
2020-09-09 02:00 PM Jul
2020-10-06 02:00 PM Aug
2020-11-10 03:00 PM Sep 1.9M


News Stream
US Job Openings Unexpectedly Rise in May
The number of job openings in the US increased by 401,000 to 5.397 million in May 2020 from an over five-year low in the previous month and compared to market consensus of 4.85 million, reflecting a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to contain it. By industry, the largest gains in openings were in accommodation and food services (+196,000), retail trade (+147,000), and construction (+118,000), while decreased in information (-55,000), federal government (-37,000), and educational services (-27,000). Meanwhile, the number of hires jumped by 2.4 million to a series high of 6.5 million, the largest monthly increase since the series began, while total separations decreased by a record 5.8 million to 4.1 million.
2020-07-07
US Job Openings Plunge to Over 5-Year Low
The number of job openings in the US declined by 965,000 to 5.046 million in April 2020, the lowest level since December 2014 and compared to market consensus of 5.0 million, amid the coronavirus crisis. Job openings fell in total private (-883,000) and in government (-82,000). Among the industries, the largest declines were in professional and business services (-309,000), health care and social assistance (-115,000), and retail trade (-113,000). The number of job openings decreased in the South (-435,000), Midwest (-208,000), West (-190,000) and Northeast (-134,000). Meanwhile, the number of hires decreased to a series low of 3.5 million, while separations, which include layoffs and quits, declined to 9.89 million in April from a record of 14.64 million in March.
2020-06-09
US Job Openings Drop to Near 3-Year Low
The number of job openings in the US declined by 813 thousand to 6.191 million in March 2020 from a revised 7.004 million in the previous month. It was the lowest level since May 2017, amid the coronavirus crisis. Openings slumped by 774 thousand in the private sector with the largest declines in accommodation and food services (-258,000) and durable goods manufacturing (-82,000). The number of job openings fell in the South, Midwest, and West regions.
2020-05-15
US Job Openings Beat Forecasts
The number of job openings in the US decreased by 130 thousand to 6.882 million in February 2020 from a revised 7.012 million in the previous month and above market expectations of 6.6 million. Job openings decreased in real estate and rental and leasing (-30,000) and information (-29,000). The number of job openings was little changed in all four regions.
2020-04-07

United States Job Openings
In the United States, job openings refer to all positions that are open (not filled) on the last business day of the month. Job openings are part of the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). The survey collects data from around 16400 nonfarm establishments including retailers and manufacturers, as well as federal, state, and local government entities in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The JOLTS assesses the unmet demand for labor in the U.S. labor market and gained attention in 2014 as favorite labor market indicator of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.