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Job openings rise in several industries over the year

January 14, 2016

The number of job openings (not seasonally adjusted) increased over the 12 months ending in November 2015 for total nonfarm and total private, and was little changed for government. Job openings rose in several industries over the year with the largest changes in health care and social assistance (+242,000) and accommodation and food services (+129,000).

Job openings levels by industry, not seasonally adjusted
Industry and region November 2014 November 2015 (p)

Mining and logging

26,000 18,000


99,000 104,000

Durable goods manufacturing

183,000 162,000

Nondurable goods manufacturing

115,000 99,000

Wholesale trade

170,000 137,000

Retail trade

453,000 482,000

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities

165,000 204,000


108,000 60,000

Finance and insurance

242,000 272,000

Real estate and rental and leasing

51,000 54,000

Professional and business services

979,000 1,071,000

Educational services

69,000 104,000

Health care and social assistance

698,000 940,000

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

37,000 58,000

Accommodation and food services

498,000 627,000

Other services

142,000 121,000


57,000 70,000

State and local government

371,000 390,000

(p) Preliminary

Job openings decreased over the year in information (−48,000) and mining and logging (−8,000). In the chart, industries above the 45-degree line had more job openings in November 2015 than in November 2014, while those below had fewer openings.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — November 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: November 2015 (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings rise in several industries over the year at (visited May 18, 2024).

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