Job openings levels and unemployment levels, 2000–2023

date Openings Unemployment, two-month average
2000-12-01 5,088 5,634
2001-01-01 5,234 6,023
2001-02-01 5,097 6,089
2001-03-01 4,762 6,141
2001-04-01 4,615 6,271
2001-05-01 4,425 6,226
2001-06-01 4,361 6,484
2001-07-01 4,447 6,583
2001-08-01 4,024 7,042
2001-09-01 4,071 7,142
2001-10-01 3,707 7,694
2001-11-01 3,775 8,003
2001-12-01 3,677 8,258
2002-01-01 3,699 8,182
2002-02-01 3,436 8,215
2002-03-01 3,612 8,304
2002-04-01 3,471 8,599
2002-05-01 3,457 8,399
2002-06-01 3,412 8,393
2002-07-01 3,367 8,390
2002-08-01 3,517 8,304
2002-09-01 3,301 8,251
2002-10-01 3,479 8,307
2002-11-01 3,514 8,520
2002-12-01 3,169 8,640
2003-01-01 3,441 8,520
2003-02-01 3,229 8,618
2003-03-01 3,099 8,588
2003-04-01 3,108 8,842
2003-05-01 3,289 8,957
2003-06-01 3,390 9,266
2003-07-01 2,981 9,011
2003-08-01 3,190 8,896
2003-09-01 3,091 8,921
2003-10-01 3,305 8,732
2003-11-01 3,324 8,576
2003-12-01 3,414 8,317
2004-01-01 3,424 8,370
2004-02-01 3,532 8,167
2004-03-01 3,525 8,491
2004-04-01 3,511 8,170
2004-05-01 3,710 8,212
2004-06-01 3,337 8,286
2004-07-01 3,814 8,136
2004-08-01 3,541 7,990
2004-09-01 3,821 7,927
2004-10-01 3,943 8,061
2004-11-01 3,472 7,932
2004-12-01 4,074 7,934
2005-01-01 3,804 7,784
2005-02-01 3,965 7,980
2005-03-01 4,044 7,737
2005-04-01 4,159 7,672
2005-05-01 3,797 7,651
2005-06-01 4,062 7,524
2005-07-01 4,256 7,406
2005-08-01 4,142 7,345
2005-09-01 4,352 7,553
2005-10-01 4,184 7,453
2005-11-01 4,248 7,566
2005-12-01 4,282 7,279
2006-01-01 4,397 7,064
2006-02-01 4,325 7,184
2006-03-01 4,732 7,072
2006-04-01 4,790 7,120
2006-05-01 4,463 6,980
2006-06-01 4,614 7,001
2006-07-01 4,394 7,175
2006-08-01 4,710 7,091
2006-09-01 4,737 6,847
2006-10-01 4,591 6,727
2006-11-01 4,645 6,872
2006-12-01 4,620 6,762
2007-01-01 4,763 7,116
2007-02-01 4,699 6,927
2007-03-01 4,962 6,731
2007-04-01 4,689 6,850
2007-05-01 4,657 6,766
2007-06-01 4,859 6,979
2007-07-01 4,598 7,149
2007-08-01 4,546 7,067
2007-09-01 4,652 7,170
2007-10-01 4,636 7,237
2007-11-01 4,646 7,240
2007-12-01 4,545 7,645
2008-01-01 4,624 7,685
2008-02-01 4,279 7,497
2008-03-01 4,225 7,822
2008-04-01 4,035 7,637
2008-05-01 4,194 8,395
2008-06-01 3,830 8,575
2008-07-01 3,749 8,937
2008-08-01 3,674 9,438
2008-09-01 3,222 9,494
2008-10-01 3,377 10,074
2008-11-01 3,231 10,538
2008-12-01 3,146 11,286
2009-01-01 2,738 12,058
2009-02-01 2,864 12,898
2009-03-01 2,534 13,426
2009-04-01 2,295 13,853
2009-05-01 2,549 14,499
2009-06-01 2,503 14,707
2009-07-01 2,232 14,601
2009-08-01 2,338 14,814
2009-09-01 2,487 15,009
2009-10-01 2,406 15,352
2009-11-01 2,503 15,219
2009-12-01 2,568 15,098
2010-01-01 2,837 15,046
2010-02-01 2,666 15,113
2010-03-01 2,679 15,202
2010-04-01 3,153 15,325
2010-05-01 2,988 14,849
2010-06-01 2,801 14,474
2010-07-01 3,082 14,512
2010-08-01 2,999 14,648
2010-09-01 2,918 14,579
2010-10-01 3,235 14,516
2010-11-01 3,211 15,081
2010-12-01 3,058 14,348
2011-01-01 3,104 14,013
2011-02-01 3,226 13,820
2011-03-01 3,261 13,737
2011-04-01 3,259 13,957
2011-05-01 3,179 13,855
2011-06-01 3,455 13,962
2011-07-01 3,623 13,763
2011-08-01 3,329 13,818
2011-09-01 3,774 13,948
2011-10-01 3,619 13,594
2011-11-01 3,565 13,302
2011-12-01 3,768 13,093
2012-01-01 3,909 12,797
2012-02-01 3,616 12,813
2012-03-01 3,979 12,713
2012-04-01 3,793 12,646
2012-05-01 3,835 12,660
2012-06-01 3,911 12,692
2012-07-01 3,735 12,656
2012-08-01 3,809 12,471
2012-09-01 3,882 12,115
2012-10-01 3,775 12,124
2012-11-01 3,878 12,005
2012-12-01 3,970 12,298
2013-01-01 3,923 12,471
2013-02-01 4,004 11,950
2013-03-01 4,076 11,689
2013-04-01 3,988 11,760
2013-05-01 4,145 11,654
2013-06-01 4,150 11,751
2013-07-01 3,885 11,335
2013-08-01 4,085 11,279
2013-09-01 4,128 11,270
2013-10-01 4,222 11,136
2013-11-01 4,119 10,787
2013-12-01 4,121 10,404
2014-01-01 4,127 10,202
2014-02-01 4,373 10,349
2014-03-01 4,388 10,380
2014-04-01 4,566 9,702
2014-05-01 4,747 9,859
2014-06-01 4,982 9,460
2014-07-01 4,846 9,608
2014-08-01 5,349 9,599
2014-09-01 4,914 9,262
2014-10-01 5,012 8,990
2014-11-01 4,843 9,090
2014-12-01 5,130 8,717
2015-01-01 5,344 8,885
2015-02-01 5,466 8,599
2015-03-01 5,210 8,515
2015-04-01 5,598 8,550
2015-05-01 5,563 8,834
2015-06-01 5,248 8,247
2015-07-01 6,056 8,167
2015-08-01 5,467 7,992
2015-09-01 5,488 7,907
2015-10-01 5,773 7,922
2015-11-01 5,708 8,000
2015-12-01 5,845 7,907
2016-01-01 6,012 7,627
2016-02-01 5,770 7,702
2016-03-01 6,129 7,961
2016-04-01 5,803 8,067
2016-05-01 5,777 7,652
2016-06-01 5,742 7,744
2016-07-01 5,962 7,641
2016-08-01 5,677 7,784
2016-09-01 5,868 7,953
2016-10-01 5,591 7,811
2016-11-01 5,971 7,553
2016-12-01 5,964 7,521
2017-01-01 5,617 7,468
2017-02-01 5,923 7,379
2017-03-01 5,811 7,073
2017-04-01 6,091 7,089
2017-05-01 5,826 7,000
2017-06-01 6,305 6,873
2017-07-01 6,238 6,892
2017-08-01 6,276 7,082
2017-09-01 6,320 6,854
2017-10-01 6,408 6,700
2017-11-01 6,271 6,774
2017-12-01 6,336 6,632
2018-01-01 6,621 6,489
2018-02-01 6,552 6,581
2018-03-01 6,818 6,472
2018-04-01 6,877 6,459
2018-05-01 7,016 6,196
2018-06-01 7,230 6,447
2018-07-01 7,190 6,195
2018-08-01 7,208 6,156
2018-09-01 7,411 6,073
2018-10-01 7,304 6,211
2018-11-01 7,594 6,115
2018-12-01 7,489 6,389
2019-01-01 7,517 6,439
2019-02-01 7,072 6,115
2019-03-01 7,337 6,182
2019-04-01 7,191 5,911
2019-05-01 7,311 5,941
2019-06-01 7,139 5,909
2019-07-01 7,051 6,008
2019-08-01 7,172 5,981
2019-09-01 7,160 5,775
2019-10-01 7,325 5,957
2019-11-01 6,919 5,911
2019-12-01 6,709 5,870
2020-01-01 7,184 5,804
2020-02-01 6,995 5,708
2020-03-01 5,794 7,184
2020-04-01 4,686 23,050
2020-05-01 5,581 20,939
2020-06-01 6,119 17,624
2020-07-01 6,514 16,324
2020-08-01 6,360 13,521
2020-09-01 6,512 12,599
2020-10-01 6,820 11,090
2020-11-01 6,875 10,760
2020-12-01 6,854 10,795
2021-01-01 7,175 10,155
2021-02-01 7,760 9,982
2021-03-01 8,399 9,712
2021-04-01 9,288 9,737
2021-05-01 9,840 9,257
2021-06-01 10,069 9,508
2021-07-01 10,882 8,704
2021-08-01 10,960 8,324
2021-09-01 10,882 7,677
2021-10-01 11,368 7,345
2021-11-01 11,232 6,780
2021-12-01 11,826 6,329
2022-01-01 11,487 6,511
2022-02-01 11,601 6,272
2022-03-01 12,027 5,972
2022-04-01 11,755 5,968
2022-05-01 11,443 5,979
2022-06-01 10,961 5,945
2022-07-01 11,380 5,718
2022-08-01 10,198 6,021
2022-09-01 10,854 5,770
2022-10-01 10,471 6,053
2022-11-01 10,746 6,000
2022-12-01 11,234 5,722
2023-01-01 10,563 5,694
2023-02-01 9,974 5,936
2023-03-01 9,745 5,839
2023-04-01 10,320 5,657
2023-05-01 9,616 6,097
2023-06-01 9,165 5,957
2023-07-01 8,920 5,841
2023-08-01 9,497 6,355
2023-09-01 9,350  6,347 
2023-10-01  8,852   6,443 
2023-11-01  8,925   6,262 
2023-12-01  9,026   6,268 

Notes: Shaded areas denote recessions. Unemployment levels represent the average of the unemployment level for the current month and the subsequent month in the Current Population Survey to better line up with the job openings data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and Current Population Survey. Unemployment levels represent the average of the unemployment level for the current month and the subsequent month to better line up with the job openings data.

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