The number of job openings in the US fell by 204,000 from a month earlier to 6.493 million in August of 2020, below market expectations of 6.685 million and pre-pandemic level of 7 million. The number of job openings edged down for private (-242,000) and was little changed for government. By industry, declines were seen in construction (-68,000), and information (-25,000). The number of job openings decreased in the Midwest region. Meantime, the number of hires were little changed at 5.9 million, while total separations including quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations dropped by 394,000 to 4.6 million.

Job Offers in the United States averaged 4537.39 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 October of 2020. source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Offers in the United States is expected to be 6300.00 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 7200.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Job Openings is projected to trend around 6600.00 Thousand in 2021 and 5900.00 Thousand in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Job Openings

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6493.00 6697.00 7520.00 2264.00 2000 - 2020 Thousand Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-07-07 02:00 PM May 5.397M 4.996M 4.85M 4.5M
2020-08-10 02:00 PM Jun 5.889M 5.371M 4.91M 4.9M
2020-09-09 02:00 PM Jul 6.618M 6.001M 6M 5.8M
2020-10-06 02:00 PM Aug 6.493M 6.697M 6.685M
2020-11-10 03:00 PM Sep 6.493M 6.3M
2020-12-09 03:00 PM Oct


News Stream
US Job Openings Dip in August
The number of job openings in the US fell by 204,000 from a month earlier to 6.493 million in August of 2020, below market expectations of 6.685 million and pre-pandemic level of 7 million. The number of job openings edged down for private (-242,000) and was little changed for government. By industry, declines were seen in construction (-68,000), and information (-25,000). The number of job openings decreased in the Midwest region. Meantime, the number of hires were little changed at 5.9 million, while total separations including quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations dropped by 394,000 to 4.6 million.
2020-10-06
US Job Openings Above Forecasts in July
The number of job openings in the US increased by 617,000 from a month earlier to 6.618 million in July of 2020, above market expectations of 6.0 million. Still, vacancies remained below their pre-pandemic level of 7 million. By industry, the largest gains in openings were in retail trade (+172,000), health care and social assistance (+146,000), and construction (+90,000). The number of job openings increased in the South and Midwest regions. Meanwhile, the number of hires slumped by 1,183,000 to 5.8 million, while total separations including quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations was little changed at 5.0 million.
2020-09-09
US Job Openings Unexpectedly Rise
The number of job openings in the US increased by 518,000 from a month earlier to 5.9 million in June 2020, easily beating market expectations of 4.91 million and recovering further from an over five-year low hit in April. Still, vacancies remained well below their pre-pandemic level of 7 million. By industry, the largest gains in openings were in accommodation and food services (+198,000), other services (+69,000), and arts, entertainment, and recreation (+34,000). At the same time, the openings level decreased in construction (-70,000) and in state and local government education (-26,000). The number of job openings increased in the Northeast and Midwest regions. Meanwhile, the number of hires slumped by 503,000 to 6.7 million, after reaching a series high in May, while total separations including quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations increased by 522,000 to 4.8 million.
2020-08-10
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

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.