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In December 2022, West Virginia had the highest job openings rate, 9.1 percent, in December 2022, followed by Louisiana (8.7 percent) and Alaska (8.5 percent). The states with the lowest job openings rates in December 2022 were New York (4.6 percent), New Jersey (5.4 percent), Connecticut (5.7 percent), and Hawaii (5.8 percent). The national job openings rate was 6.7 percent in December 2022.read full article »
Real average weekly earnings for all employees—that is, earnings that have been adjusted for changes in consumer prices—decreased 1.5 percent from January 2022 to January 2023. The change in real average weekly earnings resulted from a 1.8-percent decrease in real average hourly earnings and a 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek over this period.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 6.4 percent from January 2022 to January 2023. Consumer prices for shelter increased 7.9 percent over the last year, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the total increase in all items less food and energy. The 7.9-percent increase was the largest 12-month advance since June 1982, when prices for shelter rose 9.0 percent.
Paid sick leave was available to 77 percent of workers in private industry in March 2022. Paid sick leave was available to 38 percent of workers with an average wage in the lowest 10 percent and to 96 percent of workers with an average wage in the highest 10 percent.
In 2022, 53.7 percent of civilian workers required specific vocational preparation time over 1 year. This preparation comes in the form of formal education, credentials, prior work experience, and on-the-job training needed to perform the job.