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State Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary


For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Wednesday, September 15, 2021	USDL-xx-xxxx
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			    STATE JOB OPENINGS AND LABOR TURNOVER  JULY 2021

Job openings rates increased in 19 states, and decreased in 4 states, and was little changed in 27 states 
and the District of Columbia on the last business day of July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 
reported today. The hires rates decreased in 14 states, and increased in 7 states, and was little changed in 
29 states and the District of Columbia. Total separations rates decreased in 6 states, and increased in 4 
states, and was little changed in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Nationally, the job openings rate 
increased; the hires and total separations rates were little changed. (See table A-E.)

This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, total separations, quits, and 
layoffs and discharges for the total nonfarm sector for all states and the District of Columbia 

Job Openings

In July, job openings rates, increased in 19 states and decreased in 4 states. The largest increases in job 
openings rates occurred in Alaska (+3.5 percentage points), Wyoming (+2.2 points), Oregon, (+1.8 
points), New York (+1.8 points), and Maine (+1.8 points). The largest decreases in job openings rates 
occurred in Vermont (-1.9 percentage points), Rhode Island (-1.7 points), and Michigan (-1.3 points). 
The national job openings rate increased (+0.4 percentage point). (See table A.)

The number of job openings increased in 22 states and decreased in 4 states on the last business day of 
July. The largest increases occurred in New York (+189,000), Florida (+120,000), and Massachusetts 
(+66,000). The largest decreases in the job openings level occurred in Michigan (-63,000), Kentucky 
(-16,000), and Rhode Island (-9,000). Nationally, the number of job openings increased (+749,000). (See 
table A.)

Hires

In July, hires rates decreased in 14 states and increased in 7 states. The largest decreases were in 
Vermont (-6.8 percentage points), Rhode Island (-3.5 points), and Nevada (-2.1 points). The largest 
increases in the hires rates occurred in Alaska (+4.2 percentage points), Wyoming (+2.6 points), and 
Oklahoma (+1.2 points). The national hires rate was little changed. (See table B.)

The number of hires decreased in 12 states and increased in 6 states in July. The largest decreases 
occurred in North Carolina (-63,000), Ohio (-62,000), Kentucky (-37,000) and Michigan (-37,000). 
Increases in the number of hires occurred in Illinois (+69,000), New Jersey (+35,000), and Oklahoma 
(+20,000). Nationally, the number of hires was little changed. (See table B.)

Total Separations

In July, total separations rates decreased in 6 states and increased in 4 states. The decreases occurred in 
Minnesota (-0.7 percentage point), Mississippi (-0.7 point), New Jersey (-0.7 point), Georgia (-0.6 
point), Ohio (-0.5 point), and Virginia (-0.5 point). The increases in the total separations rate occurred in 
West Virginia (+0.9 percentage point), New York (+0.9 point), North Carolina (+0.7 point), and Illinois 
(+0.4 point). The national total separations rate was little changed over the month. (See table C.)

The number of total separations increased in 5 states and decreased in 5 states in July. The largest 
increases occurred in New York (+82,000), Florida (+41,000), and North Carolina (+33,000). The 
largest decreases in the total separations level occurred in New Jersey (-29,000), Ohio (-25,000), and 
Georgia (-24,000). Nationally, the number of total separations was little changed. (See table C.)
 
Quits

In July, quits rates increased in 10 states and decreased in 5 states. The largest increases in quits rates 
occurred in West Virginia (+0.7 percentage point), Vermont (+0.6 point), New York (+0.6 point), 
Oklahoma (+0.5 point), Michigan (+0.5 point), and Maine (+0.5 point). The largest quits rate declines 
occurred in Minnesota (-0.7 percentage point), Mississippi (-0.6 point), Georgia (-0.5 point), and New 
Jersey (-0.5 point). Over the month, the national quits rate was unchanged. (See table D.)

The number of quits increased in 8 states and decreased in 4 states in July. The largest increases in the 
quits level occurred in New York (+51,000), Florida (+40,000), and Michigan (+23,000). The number of 
quits decreased in Minnesota (-20,000), Georgia (-18,000), New Jersey (-18,000), and Mississippi 
(-7,000). Nationally, the number of quits was little changed. (See table D.)
 
Layoffs and Discharges

In July, layoffs and discharges rates increased in 9 states and decreased in 2 states. The layoffs and 
discharges rate increased in North Carolina (+0.7 percentage point), Alaska (+0.7 point), Hawaii 
(+0.6 point), Colorado (+0.6 point), and Utah (+0.5 point). The layoffs and discharges rates decreased in 
Maryland (-0.3 percentage point), and Ohio (-0.3 point). The national layoffs and discharges rate was 
little changed. (See table E.)

The number of layoffs and discharges increased in 9 states and decreased in 1 state in July. The number 
of layoffs and discharges increased in New York (+36,000), North Carolina (+29,000), and Colorado 
(+15,000). The layoffs and discharges level decreased in Ohio (-20,000). Nationally, the number of 
layoffs and discharges was little changed over the month. (See table E.)

For more information, please see the JOLTS interactive charts at https://blsmon1.bls.gov/charts/state-
job-openings-and-labor-turnover/state-job-openings-rates.htm#.  

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The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey State estimates for August 2021 are scheduled to 
be released on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


Table A: States with significant changes in job openings from Jun 2021 to Jul 2021, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)       |               Rates                    
                       |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Jun   | Jul    | Over-the-     |  Jun   |  Jul   |  Over-the-     
                       |  2021  | 2021(p)|month change(p)|  2021  | 2021(p)| month change(p)   
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Total U.S..............| 10,185 | 10,934 |     749       |  6.5   |  6.9   |     0.4     
Alaska.................|     23 |     36 |      13       |  7.1   | 10.6   |     3.5      
Arizona................|    200 |    223 |      23       |  6.3   |  7.0   |     0.7      
Florida................|    574 |    694 |     120       |  6.2   |  7.3   |     1.1      
Hawaii.................|     37 |     48 |      11       |  6.1   |  7.6   |     1.5      
Idaho..................|     60 |     66 |       6       |  7.1   |  7.7   |     0.6      
Kansas.................|     75 |     84 |       9       |  5.2   |  5.7   |     0.5      
Kentucky...............|    182 |    166 |     -16       |  8.9   |  8.2   |    -0.7     
Maine..................|     43 |     56 |      13       |  6.5   |  8.3   |     1.8      
Maryland...............|    199 |    219 |      20       |  7.0   |  7.6   |     0.6      
Massachusetts..........|    226 |    292 |      66       |  6.1   |  7.7   |     1.6      
Michigan...............|    433 |    370 |     -63       |  9.5   |  8.2   |    -1.3     
Missouri...............|    168 |    191 |      23       |  5.6   |  6.3   |     0.7      
Montana................|     37 |     42 |       5       |  7.1   |  8.0   |     0.9      
Nebraska...............|     59 |     66 |       7       |  5.5   |  6.1   |     0.6*     
New York...............|    537 |    726 |     189       |  5.7   |  7.5   |     1.8      
Ohio...................|    332 |    379 |      47       |  5.9   |  6.6   |     0.7      
Oregon.................|    137 |    178 |      41       |  6.9   |  8.7   |     1.8      
Pennsylvania...........|    427 |    450 |      23       |  7.0   |  7.3   |     0.3*     
Rhode Island...........|     46 |     37 |      -9       |  8.9   |  7.2   |    -1.7     
South Dakota...........|     23 |     29 |       6       |  5.0   |  6.2   |     1.2      
Texas..................|    902 |    949 |      47       |  6.7   |  6.9   |     0.2*     
Utah...................|    105 |    134 |      29       |  6.2   |  7.7   |     1.5      
Vermont................|     23 |     17 |      -6       |  7.2   |  5.3   |    -1.9     
Virginia...............|    271 |    302 |      31       |  6.5   |  7.2   |     0.7      
Wisconsin..............|    208 |    232 |      24       |  6.8   |  7.4   |     0.6      
Wyoming................|     16 |     23 |       7       |  5.5   |  7.7   |     2.2      
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant
    

Table B: States with significant changes in hires from Jun 2021 to Jul 2021, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)       |               Rates                    
                       |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Jun   | Jul    | Over-the-     |  Jun   |  Jul   |  Over-the-     
                       |  2021  | 2021(p)|month change(p)|  2021  | 2021(p)| month change(p)   
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Total U.S..............| 6,827  | 6,667  |     -160      |  4.7   |  4.5   |    -0.2     
Alaska.................|     9  |    22  |       13      |  3.0   |  7.2   |     4.2      
Colorado...............|   151  |   132  |      -19      |  5.6   |  4.8   |    -0.8     
Connecticut............|    81  |    60  |      -21      |  5.1   |  3.7   |    -1.4  
Florida................|   394  |   426  |       32*     |  4.5   |  4.9   |     0.4      
Illinois...............|   293  |   362  |       69      |  5.1   |  6.2   |     1.1      
Indiana................|   178  |   157  |      -21      |  5.8   |  5.1   |    -0.7     
Iowa...................|    73  |    66  |       -7*     |  4.8   |  4.3   |    -0.5     
Kentucky...............|   143  |   106  |      -37      |  7.7   |  5.7   |    -2.0      
Maryland...............|   114  |   131  |       17      |  4.3   |  4.9   |     0.6      
Michigan...............|   258  |   221  |      -37      |  6.2   |  5.3   |    -0.9     
Mississippi............|    72  |    56  |      -16      |  6.4   |  4.9   |    -1.5     
Missouri...............|   151  |   123  |      -28      |  5.4   |  4.3   |    -1.1     
Nevada.................|   140  |   112  |      -28      | 10.5   |  8.4   |    -2.1     
New Jersey.............|   152  |   187  |       35      |  3.9   |  4.7   |     0.8      
North Carolina.........|   300  |   237  |      -63      |  6.7   |  5.2   |    -1.5     
Ohio...................|   286  |   224  |      -62      |  5.4   |  4.2   |    -1.2     
Oklahoma...............|    68  |    88  |       20      |  4.2   |  5.4   |     1.2      
Rhode Island...........|    39  |    23  |      -16      |  8.3   |  4.8   |    -3.5     
South Carolina.........|   120  |   108  |      -12*     |  5.7   |  5.0   |    -0.7     
Vermont................|    32  |    12  |      -20      | 10.8   |  4.0   |    -6.8     
Wyoming................|     8  |    15  |        7      |  2.9   |  5.5   |     2.6      
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant


Table C: States with significant changes in total separations from Jun 2021 to Jul 2021, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)       |               Rates                    
                       |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Jun   | Jul    | Over-the-     |  Jun   |  Jul   |  Over-the-     
                       |  2021  | 2021(p)|month change(p)|  2021  | 2021(p)| month change(p)   
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Total U.S..............| 5,612  | 5,786  |     174       |  3.8   |  3.9   |     0.1     
Florida................|   312  |   353  |      41       |  3.6   |  4.0   |     0.4*     
Georgia................|   268  |   244  |     -24       |  5.9   |  5.3   |    -0.6     
Illinois...............|   221  |   242  |      21*      |  3.8   |  4.2   |     0.4      
Maine..................|    26  |    31  |       5       |  4.2   |  5.0   |     0.8*     
Minnesota..............|   119  |   100  |     -19       |  4.2   |  3.5   |    -0.7     
Mississippi............|    51  |    43  |      -8       |  4.5   |  3.8   |    -0.7     
New Jersey.............|   162  |   133  |     -29       |  4.1   |  3.4   |    -0.7     
New York...............|   230  |   312  |      82       |  2.6   |  3.5   |     0.9      
North Carolina.........|   209  |   242  |      33       |  4.6   |  5.3   |     0.7      
Ohio...................|   232  |   207  |     -25       |  4.4   |  3.9   |    -0.5     
Virginia...............|   152  |   133  |     -19*      |  3.9   |  3.4   |    -0.5     
West Virginia..........|    27  |    33  |       6       |  3.9   |  4.8   |     0.9      
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant


Table D: States with significant changes in quits from Jun 2021 to Jul 2021, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)       |               Rates                    
                       |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Jun   | Jul    | Over-the-     |  Jun   |  Jul   |  Over-the-     
                       |  2021  | 2021(p)|month change(p)|  2021  | 2021(p)| month change(p)   
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Total U.S..............| 3,870  | 3,977  |     107       |  2.7   |  2.7   |     0.0            
California.............|   401  |   425  |      24*      |  2.4   |  2.6   |     0.2      
Florida................|   222  |   262  |      40       |  2.6   |  3.0   |     0.4      
Georgia................|   184  |   166  |     -18       |  4.1   |  3.6   |    -0.5     
Illinois...............|   163  |   176  |      13*      |  2.8   |  3.0   |     0.2      
Maine..................|    16  |    19  |       3       |  2.6   |  3.1   |     0.5      
Massachusetts..........|    66  |    77  |      11       |  1.9   |  2.2   |     0.3      
Michigan...............|   103  |   126  |      23       |  2.5   |  3.0   |     0.5      
Minnesota..............|    89  |    69  |     -20       |  3.1   |  2.4   |    -0.7     
Mississippi............|    36  |    29  |      -7       |  3.2   |  2.6   |    -0.6     
New Jersey.............|   102  |    84  |     -18       |  2.6   |  2.1   |    -0.5     
New York...............|   164  |   215  |      51       |  1.8   |  2.4   |     0.6      
Oklahoma...............|    45  |    54  |       9       |  2.8   |  3.3   |     0.5      
Vermont................|     7  |     9  |       2       |  2.4   |  3.0   |     0.6      
Virginia...............|   105  |    95  |     -10*      |  2.7   |  2.4   |    -0.3     
West Virginia..........|    18  |    23  |       5       |  2.6   |  3.3   |     0.7      
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant
 

Table E: States with significant changes in layoffs and discharges from Jun 2021 to Jul 2021, seasonally adjusted
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                       |     Levels (in thousands)       |               Rates                    
                       |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
         State         |  Jun   | Jul    | Over-the-     |  Jun   |  Jul   |  Over-the-     
                       |  2021  | 2021(p)|month change(p)|  2021  | 2021(p)| month change(p)   
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Total U.S..............| 1,354  | 1,459  |     105       |  0.9   |  1.0   |     0.1     
Alabama................|    20  |    28  |       8       |  1.0   |  1.4   |     0.4      
Alaska.................|     4  |     6  |       2       |  1.3   |  2.0   |     0.7      
Arizona................|    16  |    26  |      10       |  0.5   |  0.9   |     0.4      
Colorado...............|    33  |    48  |      15       |  1.2   |  1.8   |     0.6      
Hawaii.................|     5  |     9  |       4       |  0.9   |  1.5   |     0.6      
Maryland...............|    28  |    20  |      -8*      |  1.1   |  0.8   |    -0.3     
Nevada.................|    22  |    28  |       6       |  1.7   |  2.1   |     0.4      
New York...............|    46  |    82  |      36       |  0.5   |  0.9   |     0.4      
North Carolina.........|    56  |    85  |      29       |  1.2   |  1.9   |     0.7      
Ohio...................|    82  |    62  |     -20       |  1.5   |  1.2   |    -0.3     
Utah...................|    15  |    22  |       7       |  0.9   |  1.4   |     0.5      
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   (p) = preliminary.
   * Not significant

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