On the last business day of May 2018, the number of job openings edged down to 6.6 million from a revised April level of 6.8 million, a series high. Combined, over one-third of those job openings were in professional and business services (1,190,000) and health care and social assistance (1,119,000).
From April 2018 to May 2018, the number of job openings decreased for total private (-228,000) and was little changed for government. Job openings increased in mining and logging (+10,000), but decreased in information (−60,000) and in arts, entertainment, and recreation (−27,000).
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 — May 2018." Also see charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations.