The number of job openings in the United States rose to 5.626 million in January of 2017, following an upwardly revised 5.539 million in the previous month and beating market expectations of 5.45 million. The number of job openings was little changed for total private (5.173 million) and for government (0.452 million). Job openings increased in professional and business services (136,000) and real estate and rental and leasing (67,000) but decreased in federal government (-37,000). The number of job openings was little changed in all four regions. Job Offers in the United States averaged 3940.85 Thousands from 2000 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 5973 Thousands in July of 2016 and a record low of 2196 Thousands in July of 2009.
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In the United States, job openings refer to all positions that are open (not filled) on the last business day of the month. Job openings are part of the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). The survey collects data from around 16400 nonfarm establishments including retailers and manufacturers, as well as federal, state, and local government entities in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The JOLTS assesses the unmet demand for labor in the U.S. labor market and gained attention in 2014 as favorite labor market indicator of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. This page provides the latest reported value for – United States Job Openings – plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Job Openings – actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases – was last updated on March of 2017.