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Over 1 million health care and social assistance job openings on last business day of November 2016

January 12, 2017

On the last business day of November 2016, there were 1,033,000 job openings in the health care and social assistance industry, yet there were only 566,000 hires in this industry over the month. Despite accounting for 21 percent of the 4,972,000 private industry job openings recorded at the end of the month, health care and social assistance accounted for just 12 percent of the 4,848,000 private industry hires during the month. 

Job openings, hires, and total separations by industry, November 2016, seasonally adjusted
Industry Job openings Hires Total separations

Total private

4,972,000 4,848,000 4,682,000

Health care and social assistance

1,033,000 566,000 520,000

Professional and business services

984,000 1,060,000 1,020,000

Leisure and hospitality

725,000 1,041,000 996,000

Retail trade

653,000 668,000 705,000

Financial activities

332,000 170,000 157,000


324,000 275,000 275,000

Other services

189,000 205,000 174,000

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities

186,000 213,000 207,000


184,000 335,000 325,000

Wholesale trade

183,000 131,000 134,000

Educational services

87,000 84,000 71,000


76,000 70,000 70,000

Mining and logging

17,000 31,000 27,000

Two industries had more than 1 million hires during November 2016: professional and business services (1,060,000 hires) and leisure and hospitality (1,041,000 hires). Both of these hires numbers exceeded the number of job openings recorded in each industry at month's end.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — November 2016" (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 2016 (PDF). Also see more charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Over 1 million health care and social assistance job openings on last business day of November 2016 at (visited July 25, 2024).

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