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Job openings increase over the year ending September 2015

November 16, 2015

The number of job openings increased for the 12 months ending September 2015. Several industries saw increases in job openings over the year, with the largest increases occurring in professional and business services (311,000), health care and social assistance (191,000), and retail trade (184,000). Job openings decreased over the year in mining and logging (–16,000).


Job openings by industry, September 2014–September 2015
Industry September 2014 September 2015 Over-the-year change

Mining and logging

32,000 16,000 -16,000


102,000 105,000 3,000


297,000 323,000 26,000

Wholesale trade

137,000 180,000 43,000

Retail trade

573,000 757,000 184,000

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities

184,000 197,000 13,000


96,000 118,000 22,000

Finance and insurance

208,000 238,000 30,000

Real estate and rental and leasing

72,000 59,000 -13,000

Professional and business services

804,000 1,115,000 311,000

Educational services

98,000 84,000 -14,000

Health care and social assistance

757,000 948,000 191,000

Leisure and hospitality

657,000 679,000 22,000

Other services

156,000 173,000 17,000

The number of hires was little changed during the year ending September 2015. Hires decreased in a number of industries, including educational services (–74,000), finance and insurance (–43,000), and mining and logging (–13,000).

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. Job openings are the number of job openings on the last business day of the month. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — September 2015" (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and employment separations can be found in Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Highlights: September 2015 (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings increase over the year ending September 2015 at (visited July 24, 2024).

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