The total nonfarm job openings rate was 3.9 percent in February 2018. Job openings increased in finance and insurance (+69,000) and state and local government education (+31,000). Job openings decreased in a number of industries with the largest decreases being in accommodation and food services (−91,000), construction (−56,000), and wholesale trade (−38,000).
The hires rate was 3.7 percent in February. The number of hires was little changed for total private and for government. Hires decreased in educational services (−48,000).
The total separations rate was 3.5 percent. The number of total separations was little changed for total private and for government. Total separations increased in federal government (+9,000) but decreased in state and local government education (−17,000).
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 — February 2018" (HTML) (PDF). Also see more charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations. The job openings rate is the number of job openings on the last business day of the month as a percent of total employment plus job openings. Total separations includes quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations.