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Job openings steady at 9.2 million in May 2021

July 12, 2021

The number of job openings, 9.2 million on the last business day of May 2021, was little changed from the previous month. Hires were little changed at 5.9 million. Total separations decreased to 5.3 million. There were 1.6 million job openings in trade, transportation, and utilities, and 1.5 million job openings in professional and business services.

Job openings, hires, and total separations by industry, May 2021
Industry Job openings Hires Total separations

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,638,000 1,262,000 1,186,000

Professional and business services

1,491,000 964,000 934,000

Health care and social assistance

1,481,000 671,000 617,000

Leisure and hospitality

1,415,000 1,343,000 1,000,000

Accommodation and food services

1,248,000 1,156,000 882,000


814,000 417,000 392,000

State and local government

778,000 274,000 240,000

Other services

473,000 220,000 210,000


299,000 311,000 333,000

Finance and insurance

271,000 134,000 139,000

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

167,000 187,000 118,000

Educational services

165,000 102,000 67,000


132,000 95,000 70,000

Federal government

126,000 33,000 43,000

Real estate and rental and leasing

101,000 77,000 65,000

Mining and logging

23,000 22,000 21,000

From April 2021 to May 2021, job openings increased in other services (+109,000), state and local government education (+46,000), and educational services (+35,000). The number of job openings decreased in arts, entertainment, and recreation (−80,000); state and local government, excluding education (−56,000); and federal government (−17,000).

In May 2021, there were 1.3 million hires in the leisure and hospitality industry and 1.3 million hires in trade, transportation, and utilities. There were 1,2 million hires in accommodation and food services. Over the month, hires decreased in state and local government, excluding education (−56,000) and in federal government (−10,000).

In May 2021, total separations decreased to 5.3 million (−485,000). Trade, transportation, and utilities had 1.2 million total separations, while leisure and hospitality had 1 million total separations. Total separations decreased in four industries, with the largest decreases in professional and business services (−192,000); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (−53,000); and state and local government education (−42,000).

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. Total separations include quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — May 2021." Also see charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job openings steady at 9.2 million in May 2021 at (visited July 22, 2024).

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